Sandwell Marine Terminal, Uruguay

  • Client: Sandwell Engineering
  • Value(€ million): 2000
  • Value($ million): 2750
  • Completion date: Ongoing
  • PUNCH services: Marine, Civil, Structural

Working with Sandwell, PUNCH Consulting Engineers are providing detailed marine engineering design services for the Barge Unloading Berth in Agraciada, Uruguay.  Located on the Rio Paraña this 250m long marine facility, including dolphins, will form a critical element in the 2500km multi-national supply chain for high quality ore from Rio Tinto Iron Ores Corumbá facility in western Brazil to Panamax, and Post-Panamax ocean going vessels and onwards to Capesize vessels.

Rio Tinto (Brazil) awarded the Engineering Procurement Construction Management (EPCM) contract for the €2 billion Iron Ore Corumbá Expansion project to Sandwell Engineering Incorporated (Canada).  This project will boost annual capacity of the Rio Tinto mine by more than six-fold from 2 million tonnes per annum to 12.8 million tonnes, with new production commencing in the fourth quarter of 2010.

As part of their international portfolio, PUNCH Consulting Engineers are collaborating with Sandwell Engineering located in Vancouver, Canada.  Our combined expertise provides a multi-disciplinary service to our client and achieves an efficient and economical final product.

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