In the ‘How to get a start at …….’ series we are going to be running over Australian Mining and Construction projects all over the country. In each post we will include an Overview of the project, a Location Profile, the Companies involved, the Occupations required, the skills / qualifications that will help you to get your foot in the door and the Enterprise Bargaining Agreements. This will help you to stay in the loop and know how to skill up where needed. The aim is to help you get yourself into the best position to land a start on the major sites and projects around Australia.
The Solomon Mine Project Overview
From the Fortescue Metals Website
THE SOLOMON HUB
Solomon Stage One
Construction of this large, low cost mining operation began in the June Quarter 2011. More than three billion tonnes of high grade ore has been discovered so far at the Solomon Hub, 120 kilometres to the west of the Chichester Hub, and the operation will take advantage of low strip ratios, conventional mining methods and Fortescue’s existing integrated supply chain. A maiden reserve of 716 million tonnes announced in May 2011 underwrites plans for the first stage of the Solomon Hub to produce 60 million tonnes of ore each year from the Firetail and Kings deposits. Firetail is a bedded Brockman deposit with a product grade of 59 per cent Fe. At the Kings deposit, approximately five kilometres to the south in the adjacent valley, the resource is predominately Channel Iron Deposit, with a product grade of 57 per cent Fe.
Solomon Stage Two
To date, 1.1 billion tonnes of resource has been identified in the area slated for the second stage of development at the Solomon Hub. This resource base is expected to increase substantially over time as exploration drilling targets key areas. The feasibility study for this stage focuses on targeted production of 100mtpa. Stage Two’s Sheila Valley deposit has mineralisation similar to that of Kings and Firetail and will also be mined using low cost, traditional truck and shovel methods.
From the RCR Tomlinson Limited website
Structural, Mechanical, Piping & Electrical (SMPE)
RCR Resources/RCR Power
|Client:||Fortescue Metals Group|
|Location:||Solomon Mine, Pilbara WA|
|Duration:||Nov 2011 – Ongoing|
RCR has been contracted to carry out Engineering, Procurement & Construction works (EPC) and pre-commissioning of Fortescue’s King’s Ore and Firetail Ore Processing Facilities at the Solomon Mine.
The scope includes RCR core competencies of Structural, Mechanical, Piping and Electrical (SMPE) works and is scheduled for completion in December 2012.
The contract is valued at over $600 million, and follows receipt of equipment orders for apron feeders and belt feeders to RCR’s Mining Business by Fortescue for the Solomon project totalling $30 million.
From Cimeco’s website
Cimeco is carrying out the EPC contract for this multi discipline project for FMG. The engineering design, supply, fabrication, procurement, construction and commissioning of the three Sizer Hubs at the Fortescue Metals Group’s Solomon Project.
The Solomon Project involves the mining of a world class iron ore resource. It is located in the Pilbara region, 200km south of Port Hedland, and approximately 60km North of Tom Price in Western Australia.
Engineering activities included the installation of the three sizer hubs consisting of the following:
- Doubled sided ROM Bin
- Concrete buttress and reinforced earth wall
- Apron feeder,
- Primary Sizer
- Primary conveying system (Incl, weight meter, Tramp magnet and belt splicing station)
- The Secondary sizer and structure
- Control building, switch rooms and associated process infrastructure works.
Construction work covered all disciplines including:
- Civil concrete works;
- Structural steel and plate work supply, fabrication and erection;
- Procurement/ erection of major mechanical and electrical items;
- Piping supply, fabrication and erection;
- Electrical works including transformers and instrumentation works;
- Commissioning of 3 x sizer hubs.
Location Profile – Port Hedland, Karratha & Pilbara
Port Hedland, Newman, Ningaloo Reef, Onslow, Karratha, Millstream Chichester National Park, Dampier, Mackeral Islands, Tom Price, Pilbara, Karijini National Park, Marble Bar, Rudall River National Park, Iron Ore, Rail, Port, Natural Gas, Salt, Manganese, Fishing, Snorkelling, Diving, 4×4, Skate parks, Tennis, Cricket, Soccer, Hockey, AFL, Swimming, Gorges, Hiking, Boating, Adventure
Population: 48,610 (2010) ABS
Pilbara Region – Rents as at Jan 2012
2 Bed 1 Bath – $950 – $1600
3 Bed 1 Bath – $1100 – $ 2300
4 Bed 2 Bath – $ 1450 – $ 3000
Pilbara Region – House Prices as at Jan 2012
2 Bed 1 Bath – $310,000 – $759,000
3 Bed 1 Bath – $395,000 – $1.150,000
4 Bed 2 Bath – $490,000 – $2.700,000
|Climate data for Port Hedland Airport|
|Record high °C||49.0||48.2||45.9||42.4||38.8||35.5||34.4||36.8||42.2||46.9||47.4||47.9||49.0|
|Average high °C||36.4||36.2||36.7||35.2||30.6||27.6||27.2||29.1||32.3||34.8||36.2||36.6||33.2|
|Average low °C||25.6||25.5||24.5||21.4||17.2||14.2||12.3||13.2||15.4||18.4||21.3||24.0||19.4|
|Record low °C||18.1||16.3||15.8||12.2||7.0||4.7||3.2||3.7||7.7||11.1||12.4||16.6||3.2|
|Avg. Rainfall mm||62.2||94.8||50.1||22.4||27.0||20.7||11.1||4.9||1.3||0.9||2.7||18.1||316.3|
Companies Involved with the Solomon Mine Project
- RCR Tomlinson Limited (Structural, Mechanical, Piping and Electrical (SMPE) works)
- Cimeco (Civil, Steel, Piping and Electrical)
Occupations Required at the Solomon Mine Project
- Electrical Trades
- Mechanical Trades
- Building Trades
- Mobile Plant Operator / Truck Driver
- Cleaning and Catering Staff
- Crane Operators
- Labourer / Trades Assistant
- Metal Trades
- Health & Safety
Qualifications to help you get a foot in at the Solomon Mine Project
- Relevant Trade Qualifications and / or WA Licences
- Occupational Health and Safety – Construction Induction (White Card)
- Australian Drivers Licences
- High Risk Work Licence for any required plant, eg. EWP’s, Forklifts, Mobile Crane, Loaders.
- Safely Working at Heights for EWP workers
- Ability to pass Medical including Drug and Alcohol screening
- Dogging/Rigging Tickets
- First Aid Certificate
Interstate Licence Recognition
A helpful tool to finding out whether your trade qualification needs mutual recognition when working interstate.
Check out the Cribhut Daily post – Thinking about Working Interstate – Licence Recognition
Solomon Mine Project Enterprise Bargaining Agreements
An Enterprise Bargaining Agreement (EBA) is a collective industrial agreement between either an employer and a trade union acting on behalf of employees or an employer and employees acting for themselves.
Disclaimer: Cribhut provides this information with the best intentions, but purely as a guide. Like most things in life, there are no guarantees. Your lively hood is your own responsibility and even if following the above recommendations, it is still up to you to do your own research, to be patient, persistent and put in the hard work.
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