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Power and water infrastructure for the Sino Iron Ore project

Creating tomorrow’s complete mining solution today

CITIC Pacific Mining
Project Duration
Commenced: 2010
Estimated Completion
Cape Preston, Western Australia
Project Overview

The Sino Iron Ore Project is the largest magnetite mining and processing operation under construction in Australia, and at peak construction, 4,000 people were employed building it.

Once operating, the project will mine 140 million tonnes each year and the processing plant will handle approximately 80 million tonnes of material. CITIC Pacific Mining’s key aim is to deliver a world class magnetite iron ore development to help supply China’s insatiable demand for steel.

CITIC Pacific Mining awarded UGL a contract for the delivery of a number of essential pieces of infrastructure at the Sino Iron Ore Project.

The Challenge

As the first major magnetite mining and processing project in Australia, the challenge for CITIC Pacific Mining was to find a supplier who could deliver a complete mining infrastructure solution and help provide a platform for its immediate and future growth objectives.

Sino required an integrated solution from the delivery of a desalination plant, transmission lines to the build and commission of a complete on-site power station.

The Solution

UGL provides clients in the mining industry, such as CITIC Pacific Mining, with multi-disciplinary, end-to-end asset solutions. By doing so, the company enables clients to focus on their core business and support them as they reach their full production potential.

Our in-house engineering resources, expertise across multiple technical disciplines and our niche completions capability have been key to our engagement on this project.

UGL was engaged in a number of capacities to complete the construction and commissioning of:

  • A 51 gigalitre desalination plant
  • A sub-station and the transmission lines associated with the mine’s 450 megawatt Combined Cycle Power Station
  • The construction of the power station itself and facilitating its full commissioning

Our strong history of delivering complex mining projects through the utilisation of our fabrication, construction and electrical capabilities, together with our project management experience has put the Sino Iron Ore Project on track for its first shipment of iron ore.

Key Outcomes and Benefits

This partnership between UGL and CITIC Pacific Mining is a testament to the strength our capabilities which includes world-class expertise and skills that UGL brings to highly complex mining projects.

UGL’s long history in the resources sector allows companies such as CITIC Pacific to concentrate on what they do best. In this case, discovering and mining highly sought-after raw materials, while UGL mobilises its human resources, experience and IP locally to create, build and maintain the infrastructure required to meet - and exceed - the client’s business objectives.

UGL’s complete solution has allowed CITIC Pacific Mining to plan, build, and commission an iron ore mine from concept to full production and export on time and on budget.

Only by adopting a truly open and transparent relationship with our clients can UGL deliver the world class mining infrastructure that is demanded by world class companies like CITIC Pacific.

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