05 Nov CPS Composites Called for BHP South Flank
CPS Conveyors are proud to be selected by BHP to fulfill the composite roller requirements of their important South Flank project.
Work on BHP’s $4.8 billion South Flank iron ore mine, 100km north-west of Newman and part of BHP’s Mining Area C hub, has been underway since July 2018. With joint venture partners Mitsui and ITOCHU, BHP is building not only their own biggest producing iron ore mine, but one of the largest iron ore operations in the world.
BHP is committed to the latest advances in autonomy, digital connectivity and modular design. A full 85% of the entire budget for South Flank will be spent in Australia; with 90% of that in Western Australia.
The three overland conveyors for the South Flank Inflow Package comprise a total conveyor length of 23km (7km, 14km and 2km). The conditions specified by BHP state that all roller components for the project conveyors are to be composite design with proven operation in the mining industry:
“The idlers must include Composite Roller design to suit requirements and comprise all components as specified in BHP Specifications and Equipment Data Sheets. Idler rolls need to be a proven design and in operation in the mining industry and preferably in WA Iron Ore.”
The requirements of this landmark project are ideal for CPS solutions; with our history of composite innovation and proven track record in the mining industry – particularly in Western Australia.
For South Flank, CPS will utilize our exclusive HDPE rollers, manufactured from heavy duty, fibre-reinforced high-density polyethylene. Our HDPE rollers have increased strength, stiffness, creep resistance, dimensional stability and 3 times better abrasion resistance than other polymer shell rollers.
CPS has designed, engineered and fabricated the last three major overland conveyor (OLC) idler contracts for the WA Iron Ore industry – delivering superior idler performance that has not been matched in the industry since.
BHP’s groundbreaking new iron ore hub at South Flank is due to produce first ore in 2021. You can take a virtual tour of the impressive upgraded accommodation for the site at https://www.bhp.com/our-approach/work-with-us/south-flank/mulla360-page