Rio Tinto engaged us to undertake a Pre-Feasibility Study (PFS) for the overhaul of the Train Load Out (TLO) facility at its Paraburdoo Operations, to ensure continued functioning for the next 25 years or longer.
With operations that began in 1972, the Paraburdoo Mine produces iron ore in the Pilbara region of Western Australia (WA). Owned by Rio Tinto, the mine is one of 12 iron ore facilities the company operates in the Pilbara.
Previous investigations have identified the need for an upgrade to ensure its operability can keep up with production demand. Additionally, after circa 50 years of service life, the existing TLO is becoming difficult to maintain and operate, with full compliance with current Rio Tinto standards presenting challenges.
BG&E Resources presented an alternative option to Rio Tinto which involves the refurbishment of the existing infrastructure in lieu of its anticipated option to replace the infrastructure.
Our innovative design resulted in the endorsement of a solution that saves Rio Tinto approximately $80M in operational costs and achieves considerable offsets in terms of embodied CO2 emissions, due to the quantity of materials saved.