Port Hedland Industries Council is continuing to provide community members with information on air quality initiatives developed by its members.

PHIC Community Industry Forum members will tour BHP’s wind fence at Nelson Point Port Operations next month.

The Australian-first wind fences, at BHP’s Nelson Point and Finucane operations are designed for the Pilbara’s unique weather conditions and rated specifically to withstand cyclones.

The three fences, up to 30m high, spanning 2km, and including 467 mesh panels are designed to reduce wind speeds, shielding BHP’s stockpiles and reducing the potential for dust lift-off.

The fences will abate dust emissions in current operations and ensure no net increases in dust emissions should operations expand over time.

PHIC Chief Executive Officer Kirsty Danby said the CIF was established to provide an avenue for sharing information and the wind fence tour was an excellent example.

“Community members would otherwise have little or no opportunities to visit a site and see this innovative approach for themselves,” Kirsty said.

“I’d like to thank PHIC member BHP for making this site visit possible.”