Mine to market – Sandfire DeGrussa

The DeGrussa Mine site services for Sandfire Resources are performing well to deliver copper concentrate over long distances to port for export. The mine at DeGrussa is situated 150km North of Meekatharra, 275km South of Newman and 847km South of Port Hedland.

The mine’s main outputs are copper and gold, with an average of 400 personnel on site each day, during the construction phase. Product exports from the mine are set ramp up to an annual production of 280,000 tonnes of copper concentrate. Qube Bulk’s integrated logistics solution, providing services from the filter press through to when the vessel sails, incorporates:

  1. Stockpile management and container loading
  2. Road haulage over 800km
  3. Container storage and management at the port
  4. Ship loading services
  5. The supply of all equipment including Rotabox™ frames and Rotabox™ containers
  6. Integrated SCEM system utilising RFID technology and web-based portal.

This integrated mine to market solution significantly reduces the interface issues in the supply chain and streamlines accountability to one company, through a cohesive supply chain solution.

Qube Bulk’s 1,400km round-trip haulage of products has progressed smoothly, from Direct Shipping Ore (DSO) in the initial stages of the project, to 280,000 tpa of copper concentrate via the ports of Geraldton and Port Hedland.

The highest in OH&S standards and on-time delivery are a core focus of Qube Bulk’s client commitment on all contracts.

In delivering this contract Qube Bulk are providing a full service of load, haulage, ship loading and stockpile management, for both the mine and port. Haulage will be completed using Quad Road Trains, Volvo Prime movers, skel type trailers and the half-height Rotabox™ containers. RFID technology will be used to track containers (in/out at the mine and in/out at the port), ensuring that grades are correct and all deliverables are achieved.

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