Specialised project logistics does not always stop after the construction of an industrial project is complete. Proving the point, the Trans Global Projects Group’s office in Perth, Western Australia (WA), was awarded a contract by a major Australian mining company to provide day-to-day logistical support for the operation of its recently constructed project.
The project itself concerned one of Australia’s largest iron ore mines. The multi-billion dollar, 55 million tonnes per annum production capacity plant is located in the Pilbara region of WA.
TGP Australia managed hundreds of individual shipments to the mine site, both from within the country and overseas origins. The remote site is hundreds of kilometres from the nearest port and over a thousand kilometres from any major city.
Notable shipments have been the movement of an 8.3-metre diameter bucketwheel weighing 20 tonnes shipped from China, as well as two over-dimensional feeders from within Australia. The feeders, each 25 metres long, 4.1 metres wide and weighing 115 tonnes, were transported over 1500 kilometres from a WA fabrication facility to the mine. They required specialised trailers booked months ahead, full traffic escorts and WA state highway authorisation.
In addition to the movement of such over-dimensional cargoes, the mine operation has also required constant 24-hour logistical support, which has frequently included the handling of critically required cargo in plant shut-down and planned maintenance situations.