LUMSDEN Point construction has achieved a construction milestone with the completion of the first stage of the facility’s seawalls.

Construction on the second stage of the seawalls is underway and is expected to be complete by March next year.

The Lumsden Point development, funded in part by a $129.1 million contribution from the Western Australian government, will provide new multi-user facilities, including a general cargo berth and minerals export berth.

This infrastructure is to expand trade opportunities in the Pilbara and support growing renewable industries in Australia and overseas.

The Commonwealth Government is also contributing to the project, investing $565 million for common user port upgrades in the Pilbara, part of which will enable the development.

Lumsden Point will increase export capacity for new energy metals such as lithium and copper concentrates, facilitate the import of renewable energy infrastructure including wind turbines and blades, and support the rapid growth of direct cargo ship services linking the Pilbara with Asian ports.

A statement from the state government said progress is being made on the next stages of the project, including the creation of a new access channel, swing basin, and berth pockets.

Pilbara Ports is currently inviting tenders for the construction of the causeway, which will connect the wharf area to the proposed logistics hub.

WA ports minister David Michael said the Lumsden Point development is critical to the green transition in Western Australia and around the world.

“It will provide import pathways for renewable energy infrastructure and export pathways for critical minerals and battery metals,” he said.

“The development will unlock fresh opportunities for the region, cementing the Pilbara as Australia’s economic powerhouse for decades to come.

“It is fantastic to see the completion of the first stage of the seawalls, a crucial first step in the overall project.”