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Pilbara Iron Ore and Infrastructure Project

In May 2008, the ambitions of Fortescue Metals Group to establish a new iron ore operation were realised when the first shipment of iron ore departed Port Hedland headed for China.

This milestone marked the culmination of more than three and a half years of services provided by WorleyParsons.

Following its successful execution of the definitive feasibility study and front-end engineering design, WorleyParsons was appointed to take the project from design through construction, and ultimately practical completion.

Construction began in February 2006 and was completed in May 2008 with practical completion being achieved in July 2008. Support to the project was provided through the Minerals, Metals & Chemicals and Infrastructure customer sector groups, including specialist technical services such as rail car design, expediting services (provided by WorleyParsons China) and power generation and distribution engineering.

WorleyParsons enabled Fortescue to meet its ambitious construction timeframe despite the remote project sites, challenging project environment and fierce competition for physical and human resources in a boom economy. The delivery of the project on time enabled Fortescue to meet its sales commitments to Chinese steel mills.

WorleyParsons has now been appointed to prepare the FEED to expand Fortescue’s operations to 160 million tonnes per annum by developing a new mine, and expanding existing, and constructing new infrastructure.

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