Cerrejón coal supply chain expansion options simulation studies

Project
Cerrejón Coal Supply Chain
Timeframe
2004 - 2009
Industry Sector
Minerals & Metals
Location
Puerto Bolivar, Colombia
Client
Carbones del Cerrejón LLC
Commodity
Coal
Service Area
Mining Consulting; Process Plants; Transportation & Logistics
Solutions
Production Optimisation; Materials Handling; Simulation & Optimisation

Carbones del Cerrejón operates an open pit coal mine, 150km rail line, and the Puerto Bolivar export terminal.

In a series of studies, Ausenco examined expansion options to increase exports to 40 mt/y. We developed a detailed supply chain model to evaluate the proposed expansion options. We evaluated key metrics including:

  • the throughput capacities of the mine, rail and port operations
  • expected ship queuing
  • blending requirements at the mine
  • the impact of major unplanned downtime.
Our model included all operations from the run-of-mine stockpiles to the port and was based on extensive analysis of actual operating data.