As part of its Pilbara Air Quality Program, BHP has announced it will construct a wind fence for dust control at Finucane Island.
The project, which will be designed specifically for the region’s weather conditions, will be the first of its kind for Australia.
BHP explained that it will be located on the western side of the island’s port operations, and its construction will involve mesh panels to reduce wind speeds, shield the stockyard and reduce the potential for dust lift-off. Once wind speeds reach a certain threshold, the curtain will open to allow for flow.
“We recognise we have a shared responsibility to address dust issues at Port Hedland,” BHP Port General Manager Nilson Davila said.
“The wind fence will be constructed using global best practice dust management and air quality control technology.”
Davila added that the plan underscores its commitment to improve air quality in the area.
“Subject to government approvals, the 30-metre-high fence supports our intention to improve and build on our existing dust control measures as we continue to increase production towards 290 million tonnes per annum in the medium term.”
As the project is still subject to governmental and internal approvals, BHP did not indicate a timeline for the fence’s construction.