BBIG – Balla Balla Infrastructure Facilities – Western Australia - Project Profile

BBIG – Balla Balla Infrastructure Facilities – Western Australia - Project Profile


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Balla Balla Infrastructure Group (BBIG) is planning to construct infrastructure facilities in Western Australia, Australia.

The project involves the construction of the new iron ore export facility ,a 162km railway line and 40km conveyor line running from the Pilbara Ore Project (operated by FMS) north to the Balla Balla Infrastructure Port (BBIP).

The BBIP will have up to 45 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) of iron ore export capacity and includes a 2.9km jetty where iron ore will be loaded to transshipment vessels to transfer to Capesize vessels anchored offshore.

It will also include the construction of infrastructure facilities such as stockyards, borrow pits, access roads, communications, water bores and pipelines, accommodation camps, workshops, laydown areas, a ballast quarry, a conveyor railway line overpass and grade separation crossing of the North West Coastal Highway (NWCH).

Forge Resources Swan Pty Ltd (Forge), a 100% owned subsidiary of Rutila Resources Ltd, has been appointed as project manager.

AECOM has been appointed as a technical consultant to oversee rail development plan, Coffey International to undertake geotechnical and hydrological field studies related to rail and port development, BAM Clough to conduct research the jetty design, and Preston Consulting Pty Ltd as an environmental consultant.

On August 21, 2013, Forge obtained ministerial approval for the development of the BBIP.

On February 26, 2014, FMS signed an alliance agreement with BBIG. However, the alliance agreement was cancelled in July 2015.

BBIG completed the front-end engineering design (FEED) works. The detailed engineering for the rail and port facilities have been completed for inclusion into bankable feasibility study (BFS), and drafting of BFS is underway.

BBIG is in negotiation with the Western Australian Government regarding approvals for the State Agreement terms to allow rail corridor to be approved. Also, negotiations are in progress with the Pilbara Port Authority on the terms of the lease and licensing of land for the port facility.

In July 2016, BFS completed and awaiting final review and approvals.

In January 2017, BBIG signed a state agreement with the Western Australia for the requirements of local industry participation and community development plans to be submitted for approval, maximising the benefits of the project for West Australians.

In March 2017, BBIG signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the China State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCEC) to undertake infrastructure work.

BBIG is yet to take the final investment decision.

Planning activities are underway and construction works are expected to be commenced by 2018.


The project involves the construction of a new port and rail network in Pilbara coastline, 100km east of Anketell Point and 120km south-west of Port Hedland in Western Australia, Australia.

The US$4,600 million project includes the following:

1. Construction of a new iron ore facility

2. Construction of a 160km railway line

3. Construction of a 40km conveyor line

4. Construction of stockyards

5. Construction of borrow pits, access roads

6. Construction of communication facilities

7. Construction of water bores and pipelines

8. Construction of accommodation camps

9. Construction of workshops

10. Construction of laydown areas

11. Construction of a conveyor railway line

12. Construction of a 2.9km jetty

13. Installation of safety systems

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