WA’s battery metals export capacity to increase from upgrades to Port Hedland’s Lumsden Point

Western Australia’s export capacity for battery metals such as lithium and copper concentrates are poised to increase with works being undertaken at the new multi-user facility and logistics hub at Port Hedland’s Lumsden Point.

The Lumsden Point project, backed by a $129.1 million state government commitment, includes construction of seawalls, a causeway to connect the wharf to the proposed logistics hub, dredging of the inner harbour and construction of the roads, and intersections in support of the Pilbara Hydrogen Hub.

MGN Civil was awarded the contract for the west seawall construction by the Pilbara Ports Authority, with works expected to begin imminently.

The federal government is investing $565 million to support common user port upgrades in the Pilbara, part of which will enable the development of Lumsden Point.

The ultimate development of Lumsden Point is expected to boost Australia’s gross domestic product (GDP) by $2.1 billion per annum. It is expected to save 3.6 million tonnes of emissions by 2055 by supporting direct shipping to the Pilbara and providing a pathway for renewable energy infrastructure.”

MGN Civil began construction of the first stage of the seawalls (east seawall) in January 2023 and will complete the first stage works next month.

The Lumsden Point development will deliver new multi-user facilities and berths, diversifying trade in the Pilbara and supporting growth of renewable industries in Australia and overseas.

WA Premier Roger Cook says the project will not only increase export capacity for battery metals but will also facilitate the import of renewable energy infrastructure including wind turbines and blades and support the rapid growth of direct shipping services to the Pilbara.

“The Lumsden Point development will open up new opportunities in battery metals and renewable energy”

“The Lumsden Point development will open up new opportunities in battery metals and renewable energy – ensuring the Pilbara remains the nation’s economic engine room long into the future. It’s also great to see Pilbara businesses benefiting from this major investment, as part of our commitment to local content in government contracts.”

Ports Minister David Michael says Lumsden Point is a critical piece of infrastructure essential to facilitating growth and trade diversification in the Pilbara.

“The west seawall contract will provide a boost to the local economy and is an important step to enable future work at Lumsden Point to progress. The ultimate development of Lumsden Point is expected to boost Australia’s gross domestic product by $2.1 billion per annum. It is expected to save 3.6 million tonnes of emissions by 2055 by supporting direct shipping to the Pilbara and providing a pathway for renewable energy infrastructure.”

Write to Adam Orlando at Mining.com.au

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