Groote Eylandt Facility Upgrade
GEMCO (BHP Billiton)
Groote Eylandt, Northern Territory, Australia
To prepare for a planned mine expansion and enable increased plant servicing capabilities, Calibre Consulting delivered a significant extension to the heavy mining equipment servicing facility.
The design required a number of special considerations, due to both the region’s cyclonic wind conditions and the facility’s heavy operations. Specially designed and fabricated steel structure columns and beams were used for the main frames as the normal range of rolled steel sizes were not large enough to provide necessary strength and stiffness. In addition, the steel structure had to meet tight deflection criteria to accommodate the facility’s 30t internal runway crane.
Internal and external pavements were designed to handle the weight of specialist heavy mine equipment. The upgrade also features a new oil farm, tyre bay and store facilities.
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