PILBARA Ports Authority has called for expressions of interest for the infrastructure components of its Lumsden Point expansion at Port Hedland.

The EOIs sought cover the design and construction of two berths, a shiploader and associated conveyor infrastructure at Lumsden Point, which has been designated the port’s new multi-user facility and logistics hub.

PPA says the development will facilitate the export of battery metals such as lithium and copper concentrates, the import of renewable energy infrastructure including wind turbines and blades, as well as support the growth of direct shipping services to the Pilbara.

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. This is in partnership with the Western Australian Government, which has committed $129.1 million to the project.

Growing the capacity of Pilbara Ports has been identified by Infrastructure Australia as a national infrastructure priority and the Lumsden Point project is a strategically significant, critical enabler of key Federal and WA Government programs, PPA says.

In total the project dredging of channel access and turning basins, construction of two new multi-user berths, and a central access road and service corridor connecting to Great Northern Highway, enabling private sector investment in a landside logistics hub.

The first stage of seawall construction for the berths was completed by MGN Civil last November and the second stage is due for completion this month.

The EOI closes at 1600 AWST on Friday, 22 March 2024. Information is available at TendersWA.