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Rio Tinto

Rail Capacity Expansion RCE333

The Rail Capacity Enhancement Project is part of Rio Tinto Iron Ore’s plan to expand its iron ore export capacity to 333 million tonnes per annum and is one of the largest heavy haul rail infrastructure projects in Australia.

Throughout this project HEA Enterprise provided:

  • Specialist drill and blast services
  • Assessment of blasting impacts on existing infrastructure
  • Consultancy on the best blasting solutions
  • Managed the contractor who carried out the blasting activities

The project was completed on time, safely and efficiently.

Newcrest Mining

Telfer Open Cut

HEA Enterprise assisted the technical services department in running the day-to-day technical drill and blast requirements.

Throughout this project HEA Enterprise provided:

  • Improved blasting performance in what were some challenging conditions
  • Skills and expertise to overcome issues due to poor excavation rates
  • Accurate blasting environmental predictions giving our client more confidence in site modelling and efficient blast design
  • Innovative sound wall control blasting techniques and the introduction of onsite electronic blasting systems
  • Mentoring of onsite engineers

During the project we encouraged communication between site personnel ensuring targets were achieved.

Fortescue Metals Group

T155: Solomon Rail Spur

Fortescue Metals Group engaged HEA Enterprise for a project consisting of 3M bcm of blasting through some challenging terrain and located near significant heritage sites.

Throughout this project HEA Enterprise provided:

  • Assisted the contractor to develop a Blast Management Plan and the associated Critical Risk Assessments
  • Assisted the contractor to assess the location and implementation of blasting activities close to heritage sites
  • Management of the contractor carrying out blasting activities

The project was completed with no damage to heritage sites, some being within 5 metres of the project and all activities were compliant with our client’s operational requirements and blasting specifications as well as government regulations.