A development partner
Mining requires detailed solutions for safe, efficient and economic operations, designed with sensitivity to local communities and environments. The challenges of the resources industry call on Arup’s combined strengths in thinking commercially, inventively and sustainably.
Arup’s experience with firms such as BHP Billiton and Exxaro spans logistics, integrated rail and port solutions, environmental consultancy, mine site planning and infrastructure. Our advice and technical skills are trusted by operators and investors alike, as well as by providers of mining transport and construction solutions.
We know how to make mine, port and rail work together as a seamless integrated logistics chain.We also understand the complexities of material handling across a wide range of mineral commodities.
To each task, we bring incisive attention – from operating strategies to freight rail operations and port operations, including conveyor systems, stockpile areas and ship loaders.
Joined-up skills enable our total approach to mining’s challenges. A case in point is our feasibility and route evaluation work for the East Kalimantan Rail coal project in Indonesia. We addressed logistics from mine to port and called on Arup’s skills in geotechnics, civil and rail engineering, port terminals and jetties, roads and bridges.
The rail interface
Arup’s expertise and experience in rail means we can integrate rail freight seamlessly into the wider mining operation. We’ve demonstrated our approach in our work on the design for a planned heavy-haul rail line for SMFG through Bechtel, in West Africa.
In Australia, BHP Billiton Iron Ore turned to Arup for high-level conceptual work, from economic analysis of rail expansion options to design of their proposed Port Hedland marshalling and maintenance facility.
Local responses to global standards
Our track record in delivering sustainable, high-quality development matches the expectations of international mining firms in safety, sustainability and community issues. Arup’s experience, particularly in Africa, Australia and South America, gives us first-hand knowledge of local conditions. We take a locally engaged approach to every challenge.
Connecting remote places
Creating mining infrastructure usually requires working in remote areas. We are resourceful and get the right skills in place, whether drawing on our global network or establishing local capacity.
Our interconnected skills ensure that new mining settlements like the Siguiri Mine village, Guinea, and Roxby Downs, South Australia, become liveable, safe and attractive communities. We can design, project manage and realise full operation of a remote construction camp, followed by a township and essential infrastructure, including water management and desalination.