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Hope Downs 4 Mine Site - Power Station and Potable Water Supply

The HD4 iron ore mine site in the Pilbara Region needed a permanent village to accommodate 920 rooms for employees, as a result of expansion to the site. UON was commissioned by Rio Tinto to customise a turnkey power station and provide a potable water supply to the village. This involved the design, construction, installation and maintenance (the complete solution) of a 5MVA permanent power station, potable water infrastructure and a waste water treatment plant.

Project Name

HD4 (Hope Downs 4), Permanent Village - Power Station and Potable Water Supply

Project Value

$7,240,000.00

Location

A mine site 30km from Newman (1186km north of Perth)

Duration

Dec 2010 - March 2013

Summary

UON provides power and water supply to a permanent village at Hope Downs 4, a new iron ore mine site 30km from the town of Newman in Western Australia.

Background Information

The HD4 iron ore mine site in the Pilbara Region needed a permanent village to accommodate 920 rooms for employees, as a result of expansion to the site. UON was commissioned by Rio Tinto to customise a turnkey power station and provide a potable water supply to the village. This involved the design, construction, installation and maintenance (the complete solution) of a 5MVA permanent power station, potable water infrastructure and a waste water treatment plant.

Key Success

A key success of HD4 Permanent Village Power Station is in 'The Complete Solution'. We make the life of a client simple by independently managing the entire project. UON (a) designed the solution based on the clients requirements and provided cost savings of approximately $1 million by providing customised switchboards with an outdoor enclosure rather enclosing it in a switch room (b) constructed the solution using integrated world class components which can be added or removed to meet the projects demands, (c) installed durable products that are built to withstand the harsh environment of the outback and (d) managed and monitored the site remotely using state-of-the-art SCADA technology. By choosing UON to design, construct, install and manage the HD4 power and water requirements, Rio Tinto minimised down-time and made an investment in its future productivity.

Equipment

  • Potable Water: Started work from October 2011
    • 2 x 110kVA Cummins generators
    • Outdoor switchboard
    • 4000L Fuel tank
  • Waste water treatment plant: started work from November 2011
    • 250 Cummins generator
    • Outdoor switchboard
    • 6300 Fuel Tank
  • 5MVA Village Power Station that accommodates 920 rooms: Started work from December 2011
    • 10 x 500kVA Cummins Generators
    • 2 x Cubic Modular Switchboards
    • 3 x 70,000 Fuel tank
    • SCADA monitoring system
  • Minesite EPCM: Started work from September 2012
    • 1 x 200kVA and 1 x 110kVA Cummins generators
    • Outdoor Switchboard
    • 6300L Fuel tank
 
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