Hope Downs – Infrastructure Services

Australia, WA
Hope Downs 4 is a 20 million tonne Iron Ore mine in the East Pilbara region of Western Australia as part of a joint venture between Rio Tinto and Hancock Prospecting. Lycopodium was engaged to provide studies and design on 67km of greenfield rail line including, track, earthworks, culverts and bridges, roadworks, signal and communications systems.

Between January 2008 and May 2009, Lycopodium provided process engineering services to KBR during the Preliminary Engineering Study (PES) and Definitive Engineering Study (DES) for the $400M+ project. Lycopodium key rail personnel were also involved in the design of the rail line from feasibility, scoping and definition design to a level of detail sufficient to provide a +/- 15% cost estimate for the project.

Expertise exhibited during the project includes:

  • Scoping out and feasibility assessment
  • Engineering Design – track, earthworks, culverts and roadworks
  • Project management – bridges, signalling and communications systems, geotechnical investigation
  • Client and third-party stakeholder engagement

Multiple alternate alignment options developed to avoid third party tenure during a period of attempted financial takeover of the Client.

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