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Mining & Natural Resources

Laing O'Rourke is a leader in the construction and maintenance of mining and resources infrastructure, and has been undertaking coal, iron ore, zinc, bauxite, alumina, diamond and copper resources projects in Australia for four decades.  

Our companies excel in overcoming the hugely complex logistical challenges these projects present, often in remote, environmentally hostile locations.

Overview

We have managed numerous projects in isolated regions across Australia, helping us to build an impressive bank of practical knowledge of the requirements relating to the development of world-class resources infrastructure, particularly integrated pit-to-port services to service the booming export markets. 

Laing O’Rourke’s highly experienced mining engineers and project delivery personnel ensure we pay detailed attention at the early planning stages of every project to assure constructability. Our proven track record working collaboratively with some of the world’s largest mining and resource companies underpins our ability to provide clients with cost effective solutions. 

Broad capabilities

Our unique in-house design strength, as well as world-leading technology partners, enables us to deliver integrated materials handling systems, dump stations, conveyor systems, crushing and screening plants, supporting infrastructure including roads, rail loops, dams, water retaining structures and pipelines, to processing and washery solutions, stockpiling, stacking and reclaiming, electrical and control systems and load-out facilities. 

On the port side, participants in the materials exporting industries have all drawn on our specialist expertise for dredging, civil works, berth design and construction, and the erecting and commissioning of materials-based ship-loading facilities. 

In delivering mining infrastructure for public and private sector clients, Laing O’Rourke has developed expertise in creating innovative solutions via different contractual arrangements, including construct only, design and construct and engineer, procure and construct (EPC), through self delivery, alliances and joint ventures. 

Full Service offering

Our in-house Austrak, Redispan and Select businesses are also bringing innovative thinking to our full service offering, with greater use of offsite manufacturing of modularised products to drive time and cost efficiencies in the installation of higher quality resource handling infrastructure like railway lines and mineral conveyors. 

Our unique focus on worker safety and welfare is made possible through our direct employment model which provides greater control in the construction phases, alongside our expertise in building and maintaining state-of-the-art accommodation villages.

Sector facts

The world’s longest single flight conveyor system, spanning 20 kilometres at Wesfarmer’s Curragh North mine in Queensland, set a new benchmark in materials handling, delivering 40 per cent cost saving benefits in both capital and operating expenses.

We have delivered more single flight, tight radius curve overland conveyors over difficult terrain than anyone in the region.

Projects from this sector

Airly Coal Mine Expansion Materials Handling and Rail Loop

New South Wales, Australia. Australia

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Blackwater Coal Handling Plant

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Cooranbong Coal Plant Upgrade

Cooranbong. Australia

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Curragh North Materials Handling System

Queensland. Australia

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