Saturday 22nd Feb, 2020

Plant equipment on the move to South Flank

Around 1900 components of plant are being transported to the site of BHP’s South Flank Iron Ore Mine in the Pilbara, Western Australia.

Around 1900 components of plant are being transported to the site of BHP’s South Flank Iron Ore Mine in the Pilbara, Western Australia.

Mine processing plant units of varying size, both prefabricated and modular, will be transported from Port Hedland to the new mine site located around 340 kilometres away.

The South Flank project aims to replace production from BHP’s Yandi mine, which is nearing the end of its life. The investment into the new mine site is to ensure continued production of iron ore for more than 25 years.

Once completed, South Flank is expected to be one of Western Australia’s largest iron ore processing facilities.

Production is expected to start in 2021, with construction to cost around $4.7 billion.

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Transport company Mammoet will move the equipment to the site, using its fleet of equipment including 96 axle lines of Self-propelled modular transporters located in the port and at the mine side, along with 178 axle lines of conventional trailers with 14 prime movers.

The company plans to coordinate the thousands of components arriving at the port over 14 shipments to ensure the equipment is delivered safely and on time.