Iron Ore - FMG

Client: Fortescue Metals Group
Location: Pilbara, Western Australia

Global were contracted to operate, maintain and project manage over 25 surface miners for Fortescue Metals Group, at the Christmas Creek Iron Ore project in the Pilbara. The large fleet of surface miners consisted of Wirtgen 2500SM’s, 4200SM’s and both Vermeer T1255s and T1655s. Global’s production target was to mine 9 million tonnes of ore per month, making it the largest surface mining operation in the world.

Using Surface Miners at Christmas Creek provided critical grade control advantages over drilling and blasting, allowing FMG to produce and ship a quality grade despite restrictions on blending across sites, as the nature of the ore body commands precision mining. With over 250 personnel employed during the Christmas Creek operation, operating the largest surface miners on the market, Global is the most experienced surface mining contractor in the world.