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Record-breaking sized stackers and reclaimer

ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions is to supply key equipment for BHP South Flank iron ore project in Australia.

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ThyssenKrupp equipment at BHP’s existing Area C iron ore mine
ThyssenKrupp equipment at BHP’s existing Area C iron ore mine

The Germany supplier said it would deliver the world’s largest rail-mounted stackers and reclaimer.


The fabrication and construction project is the largest the company has ever handled in Western Australia. Under the contract, ThyssenKrupp will design, supply, construct and commission large-scale stockyard machines for the BHP South Flank iron ore project in the central Pilbara region of Western Australia. The contract is valued at approximately €150M.


The BHP iron ore project is targeting first ore extraction in 2021. Generating roughly 80 Mtpa of output, it will fully replace production from the existing Yandi mine, which is reaching the end of its economic life. The project is expected to create many opportunities for Western Australian suppliers.


“South Flank will be one of the largest iron ore operations worldwide,” said Torsten Gerlach, CEO mining technologies at ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions. “We look forward to contributing to this project by combining longstanding global expertise in the mining business with local experience.


“Our strong partnership with BHP extends globally, but the Pilbara region is a core area where we have provided material handling solutions for decades. With our field service teams we are supporting our customer on a daily basis.”


ThyssenKrupp will supply two stackers that deposit iron ore into stockyards, and a reclaimer for loading the ore onto trains for transport to Port Hedland.


With a capacity of 20,000 tph, the machines are claimed to be the largest rail-mounted stackers and reclaimer in the world. ThyssenKrupp added that the design of the machines incorporates the latest Australian design standard requirements and technology improvements cantered on safe construction, operation and maintenance activities.


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