Overview

Construction of the Solomon mine project began in 2011, with SG Controls providing electrical and control systems engineering services from the outset. SG Controls engineers and technicians supported the installation and commissioning of all mobile machines and stockpile management software. Along side this work, commissioning and testing was completed on multiple conveyors and site substations.

Profile

  • Construction of this large, low cost mining operation began in the June Quarter 2011
  • More than three billion tonnes of high grade ore has been discovered so far at the Solomon Hub, 120 kilometres to the west of the Chichester Hub
  • The operation will take advantage of the low strip ratios, conventional mining methods and Fortescue’s existing integrated supply chain

Capacity

  • A maiden reserve of 716 million tonnes announced in May 2011 underwrites plans for the first stage of the Solomon Hub to produce 60 million tonnes of ore each year from the Firetail and Kings deposits

Products Handled

  • Iron Ore

Scope of upgrade

  • The US$1.5 billion five-year contract will deliver whole-of-mine management at Firetail, including operating and maintaining the mining fleet, ore handling plants and associated infrastructure

Scope of upgrade

  • The US$1.5 billion five-year contract will deliver whole-of-mine management at Firetail, including operating and maintaining the mining fleet, ore handling plants and associated infrastructure

Our involvement

Electrical and Mechanical supervision, installation and commissioning of:

  • New HV & LV reticulation and connection to existing services;
  • Two sub stations;
  • Two stackers capable of cone and windrow ply;
  • Reclaimer;
  • Ore conveying;
  • Commissioning management;
  • Quality assurance inclusive of all testing and verifications;
  • Interfaces to existing plant and equipment;
  • Anti-collision system;
  • Stockpile management;
  • Supply management of personnel.