Rio Tinto and Hancock Prospecting

Service: Engineering | Project: Hope Downs 4 | Location: East Pilbara

67 km Greenfield Rail Line including, track, earthworks, culverts and bridges, roadworks, signal and communications systems.

Project Overview

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.

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 $400 Mill+ project. Lycopodium key rail personal 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. 

Added Value

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