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Cape Lambert Port Upgrade 80 Mtpa Expansion

Rio Tinto - Cape Lambert WA

Project Execution Period

October 2007 - May 2009

Project Description

The upgrade of the Cape Lambert port facility comprised an expansion and upgrade of the existing stockyard and shiploading facilities to accommodate an output of 80 Mtpa.

Contract Value

$100 million

Scope of Work

Monadelphous was contracted to undertake the structural, mechanical and piping installation works to upgrade the stockyard and wharf facilities. This was the first project where Monadelphous sourced the supply and fabrication of steelwork and platework from China through the Monadelphous subsidiary, SinoStruct.

The contract scope included the supply, fabrication and installation of a new reclaim conveyor, surge bin facility, transfer stations and conveyors. Monadelphous carried out modifications to the existing outloading conveyor system to incorporate the new surge bin facility and extended the two existing wharf conveyors and associated pipework to accommodate new wharf extension works.

The new wharf topside modules (supplied and fabricated overseas by the client) were shipped to the AMC facility in Henderson Western Australia. Monadelphous installed the new conveyor steelwork which required transporting the modules via heavy haulage equipment from the facilities wharf to an assembly area. The modules weighed around 500 tonnes each and were approximately 36 metres long by 20 metres wide.

Highlights & Achievements
  • Approximately 700 tonnes of structural steelwork and 470 tonnes of platework for the surge bin facility were successfully delivered from China.
  • The four surge bins, weighing up to 255 tonnes each, were successfully transferred onto a barge in Dampier which was then towed and beached at Cape Lambert for the bins to be offloaded by heavy haulage equipment. 
  • The installation crew successfully completed the offloading and installation operation in five days.