BHP has awarded a $250 million contract for works at its multi-billion dollar South Flank operations. Thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions has secured this contract to deliver a massive order of rail mounted stackers and reclaimers at the Pilbara operations.
Under this contract, Thyssenkrupp will undertake the design, supply, construction and commissioning of a large-scale stockyard machine to be utilised at the South Flank project. The company will be supplying two stackers that will deposit iron ore to the stockyards. The reclaimer will then load the iron ore onto trains that will transport the ores to Port Hedland.
These machines will have an estimated capacity of up to 20,000 tonnes an hour.
“South Flank will be one of the largest iron ore operations worldwide. We look forward to contributing to this project by combining longstanding global expertise in the mining business with local experience.
“Our strong partnership with BHP extends globally, but the Pilbara region is a core area where we have provided material handling solutions for decades. With our field service teams, we are supporting our customer on a daily basis,” Thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions CEO Mining Technologies Torsten Gerlach said.
Major construction works on the $4.88 billion South Flank project - located 120 kilometres north west of Newman, Western Australia - commenced in July of this year. BHP has invested approximately $3.9 billion towards the development of the mine.
The South Flank project is being developed by BHP’s Western Australia Iron Ore (WAIO) business and it will include the construction of an 80Mtpa crushing and screening facility, an overland conveyor system, stockyard and loading facilities. This project will also involve sourcing of new mining fleet, substantial mine development and pre-strip works.
This project is expected to generate up to 2,500 jobs during construction and about 600 ongoing jobs once it is operational.
The mine is anticipated to have a 25-year mine life, with first production set for 2021.
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