Thyssenkrupp nabs $250m South Flank con­tract

The Australian Mining Review - - NEWS: THE CONTRACTORS - AMY BLOM WA

THYSSENKRUPP In­dus­trial So­lu­tions will de­liver the largest rail-mounted stackers and re­claimer in the world af­ter se­cur­ing a $250 mil­lion con­tract at BHP’s South Flank iron ore op­er­a­tion in WA’s Pil­bara re­gion.

It would be one of the largest fabri­ca­tion and con­struc­tion projects the com­pany has ever un­der­taken in WA, and would see it de­sign, sup­ply, con­struct and com­mis­sion large-scale stock­yard ma­chines.

Thyssenkrupp In­dus­trial So­lu­tions min­ing tech­nolo­gies chief ex­ec­u­tive Torsten Ger­lach said the com­pany looked for­ward to con­tribut­ing to South Flank by com­bin­ing long-stand­ing 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,” Mr Ger­lach said.

“With our field ser­vice teams we are sup­port­ing our cus­tomers on a daily ba­sis.”

Thyssenkrupp would sup­ply two stackers that de­posit iron ore into stock­yards, and a re­claimer for load­ing the ore into trains for trans­port to Port Hed­land.

The ma­chines would have a ca­pac­ity of 20,000 tonnes per hour, mak­ing them the largest of their kind in the world.

Ac­cord­ing to Thyssenkrupp, the de­sign of the ma­chines in­cor­po­rated the lat­est Aus­tralian de­sign stan­dard re­quire­ments and tech­nol­ogy im­prove­ment cen­tred on safe con­struc­tion, op­er­a­tion, and main­te­nance ac­tiv­i­ties.

Gen­er­at­ing about 80 mil­lion tonnes of out­put per year, South Flank would fully re­place pro­duc­tion from the ex­ist­ing Yandi mine, which was reach­ing the end of its eco­nomic life.

BHP was tar­get­ing first ore ex­trac­tion in 2021.

Im­age:Thyssenkrupp.

A Thyssenkrupp stacker and re­claimer at a BHP mine.

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