Consist planning for 360 wagon train operation for ore expansion project, South Africa

Aurecon was commissioned by a mining house consortium in the Northern Cape of South Africa to explore the opportunity of expanding the throughput capacity of the existing Ore line from Sishen to Saldanha, the supply chain stretches over a distance of 900 km. The outcome of Aurecon studies into the rail and port provided evidence that an optimization of the existing supply chain could yield an increase throughput capacity from 60Mtpa to 93 Mtpa. Aurecon carried out static and dynamic operational modelling using OpenTrack, OpenPowerNet, cost analysis, strategy development, infrastructure assessment and review of best international heavy haul practises to provide the proposed optimal solution. The key outcome of the two-stage study was that the expansion of the Ore Line capacity can be achieved by increasing the efficiency of the network, efficient utilisation of the infrastructure, maximising the rolling stock efficiency and application of best heavy haul international practices. A key component of the strategy was to increase the reliability and availability of rolling stock fleet together with changes to consist configurations. Fit for purpose and application of proven technologies that enhance fleet performance were key elements of the outcome.

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  • Pagination: 7p. ; PDF
  • Monograph Title: AusRAIL PLUS 2012, rail's role in society, 27-28 November 2012, Canberra, ACT, Australia

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  • Accession Number: 01532209
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Jul 29 2014 12:01PM