Aqura selected to upgrade BHP WAIO’s technology and communications infrastructure in the Pilbara

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Veris Ltd’s wholly-owned subsidiary Aqura Technologies has been awarded a number of work packages by BHP Western Australian Iron Ore (WAIO) valued at circa $3.7 million.

Scheduled for delivery by November 2021, the overall program of work will see Aqura upgrading and extending the technology and communications infrastructure at a range of accommodation sites surrounding the township of Newman in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.

Aqura said the scope of work involves the design, procurement and construction of new point-to-point microwave, DOCSIS and fibre-optic infrastructure to enable upgrades of in-room Wi-Fi for a number of BHP WAIO accommodation sites.

Aqura Technologies CEO, Travis Young, said the upgrades will provide a solid foundation for current and future users to access reliable and high-quality communications whilst working for extended periods in very remote areas.

“These technologies are increasingly recognised by mine operators as critical to the health and wellbeing of the workforces that service these operations,” he added.

WAIO is an integrated system of four processing hubs and five mines connected by more than 1,000 kilometres of rail infrastructure and port facilities in the Pilbara region of northern Western Australia.

At each processing hub – Newman, Yandi, Mining Area C and Jimblebar – the ore is crushed, beneficiated and blended to create high-grade hematite lump and fines products.

Iron ore products are then transported along the Port Hedland–Newman Rail Line to the Finucane Island and Nelson Point port facilities at Port Hedland.

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