Pilbara Activity

 
  nswtrains Chief Commissioner

Word is this unit and another are being prepped to run on 'green energy' with a tender waggon.

904 also has FMG flat waggon FC06 sitting behind it on some track that is laid in the yard.
Think they'll need more than one flat car. IT's 'only' 11,000 solar panels they'll need to carry to get rid of the diesel engine!

On a serious note, are they planning on towing a hydrogen tanktainer or something on a ballasted flat car? I think it was Dodgy Bros that converted a 44 class (4498??) with supplementary LPG injection to improve emissions and/or reduce fuel burn but that's going back a well voer a decade and no one else seems to have followed suit so it can't have been a roaring success.
KRviator
I thought it was a 48 class.

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  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
I thought that it was a 44 class.
  Dangersdan707 Chief Commissioner

Location: On a Thing with Internet
Word is this unit and another are being prepped to run on 'green energy' with a tender waggon.

904 also has FMG flat waggon FC06 sitting behind it on some track that is laid in the yard.
Think they'll need more than one flat car. IT's 'only' 11,000 solar panels they'll need to carry to get rid of the diesel engine!

On a serious note, are they planning on towing a hydrogen tanktainer or something on a ballasted flat car? I think it was Dodgy Bros that converted a 44 class (4498??) with supplementary LPG injection to improve emissions and/or reduce fuel burn but that's going back a well voer a decade and no one else seems to have followed suit so it can't have been a roaring success.
I thought it was a 48 class.
nswtrains
Both Silverton and Lachlan Valley Rail Freight/Independent Rail Australia did the same thing. 44 Class by LVRF and the 48 by Silverton respectively.
  WimbledonW Chief Train Controller

Location: Sydney
Gudai-Darri (Koodaideri) Pilbara Western Australia
In 2018 Rio Tinto approved funding for their $2.6 billion Gudai-Darri (Koodaideri) iron ore project – set to be the firm’s most intelligent mine. Gudai-Darri will sustain existing production in their [color=#000000][font=inherit, serif]Pilbara iron ore system. The project will incorporate a processing plant, associated infrastructure and a 166-kilometre rail line. Construction is progressing, with production ramp-up expected in early 2022.[/font][/color]
  Toad Montgomery Chief Commissioner

Location: Port Hedland: Team EMU want's YOU!
Gudai-Darri (Koodaideri) Pilbara Western Australia
In 2018 Rio Tinto approved funding for their $2.6 billion Gudai-Darri (Koodaideri) iron ore project – set to be the firm’s most intelligent mine. Gudai-Darri will sustain existing production in their [color=#000000][font=inherit, serif]Pilbara iron ore system. The project will incorporate a processing plant, associated infrastructure and a 166-kilometre rail line. Construction is progressing, with production ramp-up expected in early 2022.[/font][/color]
WimbledonW

Yes I think about 70 of line is now ballasted.
  Andrewdr Locomotive Fireman

Gudai-Darri (Koodaideri) Pilbara Western Australia
In 2018 Rio Tinto approved funding for their $2.6 billion Gudai-Darri (Koodaideri) iron ore project – set to be the firm’s most intelligent mine. Gudai-Darri will sustain existing production in their [color=#000000][font=inherit, serif]Pilbara iron ore system. The project will incorporate a processing plant, associated infrastructure and a 166-kilometre rail line. Construction is progressing, with production ramp-up expected in early 2022.[/font][/color]

Yes I think about 70 of line is now ballasted.
Toad Montgomery
I wonder how many of the WA iron ore mines will become stranded assets as China progressively source their needs from non-Australian mines?
  GT46C-ACe Deputy Commissioner

Location: Gold Coast QLD
China isn't the only buyer...
  M636C Minister for Railways

I wonder how many of the WA iron ore mines will become stranded assets as China progressively source their needs from non-Australian mines?

In general, BHP and Rio Tinto have the lowest cost per tonne. They can make a profit at $50/tonne.
They might close some of their lower grade mines depending upon the market.
FMG and Roy Hill would probably reduce production to their lowest cost mines.

Some of the Mid West mines were closed or effectively so until Brazil effectively shut down and the price went up rapidly.

I'd expect that the the Koolyanobbing area might cut back to the lowest cost production and reduce quantities.

Whyalla might cut back to  the ore required by local production.

I would expect that export coal might have bigger problems than iron ore in the long term.

Peter
  djukinX1016 Deputy Commissioner

Gudai-Darri (Koodaideri) Pilbara Western Australia
In 2018 Rio Tinto approved funding for their $2.6 billion Gudai-Darri (Koodaideri) iron ore project – set to be the firm’s most intelligent mine. Gudai-Darri will sustain existing production in their [color=#000000][font=inherit, serif]Pilbara iron ore system. The project will incorporate a processing plant, associated infrastructure and a 166-kilometre rail line. Construction is progressing, with production ramp-up expected in early 2022.[/font][/color]

Yes I think about 70 of line is now ballasted.
I wonder how many of the WA iron ore mines will become stranded assets as China progressively source their needs from non-Australian mines?
Andrewdr
It also depends on what media reports you believe, a couple made it sound as though the "end is nigh" within a few months, then others with more knowledge of the industry are saying "within 10 years". !0 years in mining is a long time. The South African continent deposits keep getting raised as the biggest threat but they need a lot of work to get on stream. The tonnages of deposits mentioned on many company webpages for these deposits indicate if China turned off the Pilbara tap completely would (at Pilbara production levels) be depleted within 3- 5 years.

M636 comments on Pilbara production costs is spot on as they are among the lowest in the world and just the cost of transport in and from other continents equate to the Pilbara total cost.

There will no doubt be some market adjustments and it does not seem that many years ago that Japan was our major iron ore customer!!
  trainfella187 Beginner

Does anyone have an idea of how many trains run a day on the FMG network, How many to each mine? is the line to eliwana now up and running?
  Toad Montgomery Chief Commissioner

Location: Port Hedland: Team EMU want's YOU!
Does anyone have an idea of how many trains run a day on the FMG network, How many to each mine? is the line to eliwana now up and running?
trainfella187

From observations it could be around 14 trains a day, possibly more.
Eliwana line would now be operating so they have four load points and three dumpers.

FMG are also supposed to be receiving eight former BNSF C44-9W lease units to tie them over for four years.
Units have been reported elsewhere as:
GECX 4783, 4787, 4807, 4833, 4836, 4847, 4854 and 4871.

Video of them can be seen here:



https://youtu.be/tnyVNBitwJY?t=1516

The text link above will take you to the 25 minute 16 second mark where they can be seen.

They were sent to the port at Norfolk VA. I suspect the vessel carrying them might be the BBC Emerald.
  Toad Montgomery Chief Commissioner

Location: Port Hedland: Team EMU want's YOU!
Unloading of the GECX lease units 4783, 4787, 4807, 4833, 4836, 4847, 4854 and 4871 started today off the BBC Emerald.
Three, maybe four were unloaded today that I saw.
They are on stands at the port awaiting road transport to site.
The remainder should be unloaded tomorrow.
Unsure of delivery to site date.
There is a very large volume of oversize loads being moved from the port south to a number of places so trucking is tight.
  BDA Chief Commissioner

Location: Sydney
I remember seeing one of Roy Hills Evos on the GNH bridge over the line into Anderson Point . Looked majestic being trailered over that area .
  Toad Montgomery Chief Commissioner

Location: Port Hedland: Team EMU want's YOU!
Unloading of the GECX lease units 4783, 4787, 4807, 4833, 4836, 4847, 4854 and 4871 started today off the BBC Emerald.
Three, maybe four were unloaded today that I saw.
They are on stands at the port awaiting road transport to site.
The remainder should be unloaded tomorrow.
Unsure of delivery to site date.
There is a very large volume of oversize loads being moved from the port south to a number of places so trucking is tight.
Toad Montgomery

Yes four were unloaded yesterday and the other four unloaded today.
It looks like the units have the bogies removed.
Interesting, time will tell.
All eight are stood at the port still.
  Toad Montgomery Chief Commissioner

Location: Port Hedland: Team EMU want's YOU!
New ore waggons have been seen on the FMG system. Highest numbers now seen is 9407 and 10408. Also a waggon was spotted with a yellow end, unsure what this is for as I've not sighted it in operation or if there are others.
The FMG 9-44CW lease units seem to still be at Hedland port with work being undertaken on the units, unsure if this is quarantine related and how many units are being so treated but 4836 and 4871 have had their hood doors removed and other hatch covers unbolted with high pressure blasting equipment and a vacuum truck in attendance .

In other news the rail set used on the Eliwana (FMG) line construction has been cut up for scrap by Sell & Parker at the Westex yard out near the speedway. The ballast waggons have so far survived, there are about 14 of them still there. Also the four CFLCA CD class CM40-8M units are still there resting on timber gluts. These units are rumoured to be going on hire to Roy Hill for an upcoming mainline ballast program.

The Rio Tinto line to Koodaideri or Gudai-Darri has reached practical completion with the construction trains finished and with Rio now running a small consist to commission level crossings and such.
Unsure what the future is for the former Robe CM40-8M units that were used as I've been informed that ownership passed to John Holland and they could be headed for scrap.

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