The Simandou Project, located in the Republic of Guinea, provides access to one of the world’s largest untapped high grade iron ore resources. It has the potential to make Guinea one of the world’s top iron ore exporters and comprises:
Ausenco was involved in the two phases of the Front End Loading (FEL-1) project; the first included upgrading the existing facilities of the Buchanan port to support the start-up operations, and the second phase required the development of a high capacity greenfield port in the region. Both phases required supporting studies for energy generation alternatives and rail alignments.
Ausenco's scope within the Simandou Project included support to VALE BSGR on logistic aspects, including:
In addition, dynamic operation simulations were conducted to support the engineering developments mentioned above.
An energy supply study was also conducted as that is a major concern for in the region. This project was undertaken as a joint effort by Ausenco´s Belo Horizonte and Vancouver offices.