Mammoet has started transporting the first heavy components for BHP’s South Flank iron ore project in the Pilbara region, Western Australia.
BHP is using Mammoet trailers to move approximately 1900 items, including prefabricated and modular mine processing plant units across 340 kilometres from Port Hedland to the new site.
Mammoet has arranged for 14 separate shipments to ensure all equipment is delivered safely and on time when thousands of components arrive by sea into Port Hedland.
The project is worth $US3.6 billion ($5.3 billion).
Mammoet, which is backed by its Port Hedland and Karratha-based branches, is confident in its ability to provide such localised support to BHP. The company has a history in transportation that dates back to the 1960s.
“Mammoet has a deep and long-standing expertise providing services to the mining industry,” the company stated.
“Among other heavy haulage equipment on site, Mammoet has 96 axle lines of self-propelled motor transporters (SPMT) located in the port and mine site, as well as 178 axle lines of conventional trailers with 14 prime movers.”
The South Flank project will replace production from BHP’s Yandi mine, which is nearing its end of life. It will be one of Western Australia’s largest iron ore processing facilities once complete.
South Flank will ensure BHP can continue producing iron ore for more than 25 years after Yandi closes, with production expected to start in 2021. Construction is now under way.