Anglo-Australian BHP has hired Dutch engi-neered heavy lifting and transport specialist Mammoet to ensure the transport of more than 1,000 components used to build the US$3.6 billion South Flank project in Australia.
Mammoet said in a statement that the iron ore mine “uses digital con-nectivity and autonomous-ready fleets, and is one of the most ad-vanced of its kind in Australia.”
“To build this facility, over 1,000 components needed to be trans-ported to site safely, on schedule and in the right sequence. These items - with a cumulative weight in excess of 29,500 t - needed to be transported 340 km across the state’s barren interior. This had to be done within a demanding timeframe to keep the construction sched-ule on track,” according to the statement.
Mammoet used a special trailer type to minimise the equipment’s weight, and expand the size of the module that could be transported.
The company managed “to mobilize a team of over 90 people – half of whom came from outside the state or abroad. Before long, crews were working across day and night shifts at Port Hedland, keeping things on schedule,” Mammoet said.