4 June 2012: Pilbara, Australia - Aggreko, the global leader in the supply of temporary power and temperature control, has supplied CITIC Pacific Mining with critical load-testing capacity along with a highly flexible, supplementary power package during the construction of the Sino Iron project, located at Cape Preston, 100km south west of Karratha, Western Australia. The project is the largest magnetite mining and processing operation under construction in Australia.
Aggreko supplied 12 MVA of loadbank capacity to test the power generation capability of the on-site gas-fired power plant. Once fully commissioned, the 450 MW power plant will provide power to the entire operations at the mine: including the processing plant, the specially built port and the living quarters of the mine’s employees.
Loadbanks are used during commissioning to test the precise power-generating capacity of a power plant before it goes into operation.
In addition to load-testing, Aggreko supplied 2.5 MW of power that was utilised at different stages of the project. This included 1600 kVA for the commissioning of the processing plant and 350 kVA to power the intake pump of the project’s desalination plant. A further 13 generators were utilised for the commissioning of the dewatering plant.
‘“Aggreko’s contribution to the Sino Iron Project highlights our ability to deliver multi-faceted, fully customised and highly flexible power solutions to our customers,” commented Asterios Satrazemis, Managing Director, Aggreko Australia-Pacific. “Our ability to cope with the complexity and size of the project, along with the constantly evolving demands placed on our equipment, is a great endorsement of both our people and our fleet.”