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Cloudbreak Mine is an iron ore mine located in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, 250km south of Port Hedland. This initial processing plant design had a requirement for a through put of 45 mmtpa.

In 2006 a contract for the SMPE construction was awarded by the owners and operators, Fortescue Metals Group (FMG), to a consortium of companies formed to undertake this work. This work was to be based on a fast track approach, with a requirement to manufacture and install a processing plant comprising crushing, screening, stockpiling, sand separation, load out and conveying modules.

Amec Services was a member of this consortium and was responsible for the fit out and erection of conveyor modules, many of which were major lifts at height. Further works included fit out and installation of the equipment in the stockpile reclaim vaults, construction and installation of pipework and provision of support services to the consortium.

Vault fit out included the installation of chute work, large apron feeders, support steelwork and the conveyor system, transporting reclaimed iron ore to the Train load out facility.

Following completion of the initial plant construction, plant through put was increased with the addition of a desanding plant and additional conveyors. Amec Services also participated in this upgrade work.

The Cloudbreak construction site is located in a remote area of the North West and a high degree of coordination was therefore required between Amec Services administration and that of the client. This would ensure timely movement of labour between the site and point of hire for mobilisation, R&R and demobilisation.

At the peak of construction, Amec Services had a total work force in excess of 150 people. This project had a contract value in excess of $27 million. 86,233 man hours were expended on the project with no serious safety incidents. With the teamwork, commitment and positive safety culture that AMEC Services is renowned for, this project reinforced the company’s position within the industry.