Bringing heavy haul rail operations to Peru

For many years it has been known that there are significant iron ore deposits located high in the Andes Mountain regions of Peru. The cost to mine, transport and load the iron ore has, in the past, proven to be financially unviable. However, in this current mineral resource ‘boom’ period and with iron ore prices at an all-time high, the opportunity to establish mining operations in this region is being re-visited. Traditionally, the South American mining companies have mixed the deposit with water to form a slurry, and ‘transported’ the ore from Mine to Port via an underground steel pipe with pumping stations located alonghe route at regular intervals. This practise is currently being challenged by the Peruvian Government as it has little, if any, benefit to the local communities and the Government has expressed a real desire to ‘open up’ the rural regions of Peru by introducing a network of railway operations. This paper presents the feasibility of establishing railway operations for the transport of iron ore from two significant deposits in terms of route alignment, proposed design criteria and locomotive and ore car requirements. The paper also outlines the history and current ‘state of play’ of Railways within Peru. In addition, the paper discusses the issue of developing a new mining operation within Peru and how the introduction of a new railway network will enhance the viability of the project in terms of gaining local community and Peruvian Government support.

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  • Pagination: pp. 137-146
  • Monograph Title: Rail: the core of integrated transport: CORE 2008: conference on railway engineering, 7-10 September 2008, Perth, Western Australia

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  • Accession Number: 01517618
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ITRD, ATRI
  • Created Date: Mar 10 2014 11:55AM