Mammoet has begun transporting the first heavy components for the new BHP South Flank iron ore mine currently under construction in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.
Prefabricated and modular mine processing plant units of various sizes (approximately 1900 in total) will be transported from Port Hedland to the new mine site, located 340km away.
Construction of the South Flank Project is a $3.6bn project. The South Flank deposit is located approximately 130km by road north-west of the town of Newman, 340km south-east of the town of Port Hedland, and approximately 8km to the south of BHP’s existing Mining Area C (MAC) operation.
The South Flank project will replace production from BHP’s Yandi mine, which is nearing the end of its life. The investment into the new mine site will ensure the continued production of quantity iron ore for more than 25 years. Once complete, it will be one of Western Australia’s largest iron ore processing facilities. Production is expected to start in 2021.
Mammoet has long-standing expertise providing services to the mining industry. With existing operational branches based in Port Hedland and Karratha, Mammoet is highly equipped to provide localised support for the project. This will help deliver significant employment opportunities for the local contractors and professionals.
Amongst other heavy haulage equipment on site, Mammoet has 96 axle lines of SPMT located in the port and the mine site, as well as 178 axle lines of conventional trailers with 14 prime movers. The company has approached the large-scale logistics project with detailed planning to coordinate the thousands of components that are arriving at the port over 14 shipments and ensure they are delivered to site safely and on time.
Mammoet is a global market leader in providing solutions for lifting, transporting, installing and decommissioning large and heavy structures.