First pylons arrive at Cape Lambert

THE first batch of pylons for the Cape Lambert wharf extension arrived on site, with the second batch due shortly.

The first batch of pylons for the Cape Lambert wharf extension arrived on site, with the second batch due shortly.

The 55 metre-long pylons, the longest ever to be used at a Rio Tinto Iron Ore Pilbara port, range in diameters from 700 mm up to 1600 mm.

Their length allows a contingency for any potential issues associated with geological stability throughout the pylon driving program.

All 56 pylons were offloaded at the service wharf, then carefully transported without incident on a purpose-built pair of bogey trailers to the lay-down yard near the power house.

About 150 pylons, all manufactured at Ningbo in Southern China, will eventually be delivered to site for the 250 m wharf extension.

This article was first published in Coastal News [September 2007, Issue No. 2] – Rio Tinto’s Coastal Division Newsletter.

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