Leading projects firm, Sinclair Knight Merz (SKM), has been appointed as the Engineering, Procurement and Construction Management contractor for the expansion of Rio Tinto’s Cape Lambert port facility, in the Pilbara, Western Australia. The delivery of a new greenfields iron ore port facility, Cape Lambert Port B, located alongside the existing Cape Lambert port, will provide an initial shipping capacity of 53 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa), with the design of the port allowing a future additional shipping capacity of 50 Mtpa.
The project is part of Rio Tinto’s current investment in expanding its iron ore infrastructure in the Pilbara to increase annual capacity to 283 Mtpa during 2013. Rio Tinto plans to further boost capacity to 333 Mtpa, making this the largest mining project ever undertaken in Australia.
SKM’s General Manager, Mining and Metals, Santo Rizzuto, said that the sole appointment of SKM to deliver the Cape Lambert Port B project is an acknowledgment of the successful partnership SKM and Rio Tinto have enjoyed over the past 50 years in the Pilbara.
“By continually looking to create optimum value for our clients we are able to build on our long-term strategic relationships. This was demonstrated by the successful delivery of previous expansions at the Cape Lambert port facility and Dampier Port, both of which have been recognised by engineering awards,” Rizzuto said.
“Through key innovations, such as modularisation of the wharves and ore handling facilities, we delivered both projects ahead of time and under budget, with an outstanding safety record.”
The new Cape Lambert Port B development includes a tandem car dumper facility, a stockyard including two stackers and two bucket wheel reclaimers, a screenhouse and surge bin facility, a 1.4 kilometre long access jetty and a double sided iron ore wharf with two shipping berths and a shiploader. SKM will also be responsible for delivering power distribution, control systems and associated infrastructure, including buildings, fuel and water supplies, and an expansion to the Cape Lambert accommodation village. Site works for the early works of the port development have commenced whilst awaiting full government approval.
SKM has been providing engineering and project delivery services to Rio Tinto as part of their expansion projects in the Pilbara, through the provision of a diverse range of capabilities covering port, rail and mine infrastructure, environmental and water services, and power.