BHP Billiton Reveals $48 Billion Plan to Expand Pilbara Iron Ore Operations
Written BY: M.mcnamara
BHP Billiton has disclosed its plans to increase existing iron ore operations from 350 million tons per year to 480 million tons per year at its Pilbara operations in Western Australia. How does the miner plan to do it? Through a comprehensive $48 billion Port Hedland Outer Harbour Development.
In environmental review documents, BHP Billiton said it is seeking approval under the Western Australian Environmental Protection Act 1986 (EP Act), the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) and the Commonwealth Environment Protection (Sea Dumping) Act 1981 to develop the iron ore export facility. The review documents are open for public comment.
The project will involve construction and operation of landside and marine infrastructure for the handling and export of iron ore, including rail connections, stockyards, an abutment, jetty, wharf, dredged channel, basins and berthing pockets, and all related supporting infrastructure.
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This is no doubt part of BHP’s previously announced $7 billion plans to increase iron ore capacity from about 150 million tonnes a year to 220 million tonnes in 2014. “An extra $US1bn is expected to be spent on bringing capacity up to 240 million tonnes -- which is the full capacity of its allocation at Port Hedland's inner harbour,” according to The Australian.
BHP said that at this stage it is anticipated that construction will be completed over four stages, with each stage nominally taking two to three years to complete. The timing and the composition of the stages will ultimately be dependent on market demand for iron ore as well as internal and external approvals and construction methodology.
BHP Billiton Iron Ore’s investment in the development of the Outer Harbour proposal remains subject to external factors, which are outside of its control, such as market conditions, which will be decided at each stage of development.
Digital Leader Mobiquity Expands Into Asia-Pacific
As an international digital consulting firm, Mobiquity helps a global client base upgrade its digital banking and financial services. The company employs 1,200 team members across 50+ nationalities and serves an estimated 200+ million users each day. Recently, the company built out a digital banking experience for the Bank of the Philippines Islands’ online and mobile platforms—exemplifying its mission to help leading brands engage with technology in meaningful ways.
To highlight Mobiquity’s services, here are a few of the company’s recent accomplishments:
- Designed and developed the first FDA-approved digital medicine system
- Launched a five-star mobile ordering app
- Pioneered a cloud-based IT infrastructure that prevented bank fraud
- Built the official AWS re:Invent 2017 and 2018 mobile apps
What Makes Mobiquity Stand Out?
According to Mobiquity, it's the people that make all the difference. ‘We’re born innovators who like meaty challenges’, the company wrote. ‘We go deeper, getting to the root of your customers’ friction and creating personalised engagements that deliver much more than a digital experience alone’. Now, the company has added former Microsoft and IBM director Gustavo Quiroga to its team.
Who Is Gustavo Quiroga?
At Mobiquity, he’ll be the first Vice President of Business Development Financial Services in APAC. With years of experience in the industry, Quiroga has developed numerous tech, business, and customer experience projects: at Microsoft, he led a top Aussie Azure Data and AI specialist team, and at IBM, he applied AI and deep analytics to transform the company’s business processes, CX, and UX.
Based in Sydney, Australia, Quiroga will start to work with Mobiquity clients in Singapore, Vietnam, and the Philippines and take responsibility for expanding the company’s regional operations. ‘Our best way to impact client outcomes’, he wrote, ‘is by listening to them with an inquisitive and open mind and empowering our people to do the same’.
When notified of the announcement, Quiroga expressed excitement over his new role. ‘I’m delighted to join Mobiquity and support the company’s rapid expansion across the Asia-Pacific region. I joined Mobiquity to develop, design and implement digital products and services that create meaningful experiences with customers...and I look forward to using my expertise to develop partnerships where we can achieve this every day’.
Where Does Mobiquity Go From Here?
In the past six months, Mobiquity has hired over 100 new employees, including the high-profile additions of Howard Moore, Senior Director of Banking, and Ruby Walia, Senior Advisor for Digital Banking. This falls in line with the company’s hyper-growth strategy to deliver digital products to the world.
As Matthew Williamson, Mobiquity’s Vice President of Global Financial Services, explained: ‘Our appointment of Gustavo demonstrates [our] commitment to hiring an A-list team of talent. The latest addition to the Mobiquity team supports our vision of global growth in Asia-Pacific, as a recognised partner within the banking and finance ecosystem’.