Monday 16th Dec, 2019

thyssenkrupp to deliver world’s largest rail mounted stackers and reclaimer for South Flank

BHP has awarded thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions (Australia) the contract to deliver some of the world’s largest rail mounted, fully automated stackers and reclaimer.
WA Premier, Mark McGowan amongst the thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions (Australia) construction team at the AMC.

BHP has awarded thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions (Australia) the contract to deliver some of the world’s largest rail mounted, fully automated stackers and reclaimer.

The company was tasked with designing, supplying, building and commissioning two stackers that will deposit iron ore into stockyards for loading, along with a reclaimer for loading the ore into trains for BHP’s South Flank project in the Pilbara of Western Australia.

The machines will each have a capacity of 20,000 tonnes per hour, which thyssenkrupp said will make them the largest rail mounted stackers and reclaimer in the world.

thyssenkrupp has designed the machines to be fully automated and adhere to the latest statutory requirements for functional safety as defined in AS4024 and AS61508. A combination of GPS, SIL rated encoders and limits have been used to provide machine collision avoidance, with the machines digitally connected and monitored from a remote centralised control room.

Each machine was locally designed and manufactured, with pre-assembly underway in Perth. Many of the largest pre-assembled modules are complete and will be transported from their current location at the AMC complex in Henderson, to the BHP South Flank site.

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Construction of the machines is expected to commence in January 2020, with a target of having the first machine commissioned and ready for first ore by 2021.

“It has been a great privilege to lead thyssenkrupp’s team through design, procurement, fabrication and preassembly phases so far, and achieve 50 per cent overall project progress milestone ahead of the plan,” thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions (Australia)’s Project Director – South Flank Project Zoran Matijevic said.

“I look forward to logistics, construction and commissioning phases and final handover of this equipment”

thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions (Australia)’s Chief Executive Officer Johann Rinnhofer said the project has created several hundreds of Perth, Henderson, Kwinana Beach and Western Australian based jobs since work started in September 2018.