Herb Elliott Port and Rail Infrastructure

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Against the backdrop of an emerging minerals resources boom driven by the economic transformation of China and India, plus, restricted access to existing rail and port facilities, Fortescue was forced to build its own rail and port infrastructure to take advantage of Asia’s growing demand for Iron Ore. In partnership with engineering firm WorleyParsons, construction at the Herb Elliott Port commenced in November 2006 on reclaimed swampland, and first deliveries of iron ore from Cloudbreak mine were uploaded and stockpiled ready for export in April 2008.

The working name given to FMG’s initial rail and port construction project was T45, representing the expected tonnage of iron ore (0-45 million tonnes per annum) Fortescue expected to export between 2007 and 2010. In 2011, Fortescue sought to triple Herb Elliott’s port loading capacity from 55 Mtpa to 155 Mtpa. This second phase of development at Herb Elliott was called the T155 Port Anderson Expansion Project 2011-2013.Image_4_02

WorleyParson’s Systems Engineers specified Profibus as the preferred communications protocol throughout the entire port facility…