Freight Rail, Rolling stock & Rail Vehicle Design

Local manufacture of Helix Dumper to take Macarthur Minerals’ iron ore on rail

Helix Dumper

Mining company Macarthur Minerals is looking to local manufacturing of Helix Dumper wagon technology to get its iron ore to market.

Macarthur Minerals is working with RCR Mining Technologies to implement the Helix Dumper system at the Port of Esperance. Kiruna Wagon has the ability to manufacture the dumper and wagons in Western Australia.

The wagon and dumper technology is the latest in Macarthur Minerals’ process of connecting its iron ore mine in the Lake Giles region of WA with the Port of Esperance for export.

Macarthur Minerals has negotiated an access agreement with Arc Infrastructure to enable the transportation of the magnetite from its mine in the Yilgarn region of WA to the Port of Esperance via rail.

The company has lodged an application for a haul road and rail siding connecting the mine to the Perth to Kalgoorlie rail line. The siding would allow for export to the Port of Esperance or Kwinana Bulk Terminal.

Macarthur Minerals is also progressing discussions for an above rail haulage agreement.

Cameron McCall, president and executive chairman of Macarthur Minerals said the company was making good progress.

“Macarthur is continuing to forge ahead with a systematic approach to delivering every component of the infrastructure pathway that is necessary to bring Macarthur’s Lake Giles Iron Project into production and to see the first ore go over the ship’s rail.”

If implemented, the dumper technology would increase the performance of the Berth 3 ship-loader at the Port of Esperance from 2,200tph to 4,500 tph. The Helix Dumper system is already in use in Scandinavian magnetite operations.

“There is a very real concerted energy building around the lake Giles Iron Project and the company is exceptionally excited to be working collaboratively with the great teams at Southern Ports Authority, RCR MT, Arc Infrastructure and above rail service providers to introduce cutting edge Helix Dumper technology to the Port of Esperance,” said McCall.

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