Caltex begins fuel deliveries to Roy Hill mine

Road trains will be used to deliver fuel to WA iron ore mine.

Caltex begins fuel deliveries to Roy Hill mine
A fleet of four road trains will be used to deliver diesel to the Roy Hill mine.


Fuel supplier Caltex is deploying a fleet of four road trains to deliver diesel to Australia’s largest mining construction project situated in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.

The $200 million contract involves the supply of about 120 million litres of diesel over two years to meet the needs of Roy Hill’s iron ore project.

Caltex business manager Phil Amos says the company recently commissioned on-site fuel storage infrastructure at the mine site to manage its diesel requirements. 

"Deploying a fleet of four dedicated road trains, we will transport diesel about 400km by road from Caltex’s 40 million litre storage terminal at Port Hedland to facilities at the Roy Hill mine," Amos says.

The diesel will be used to fuel on-site equipment, including mining trucks, and for some power generation.

From 2015, Caltex will also supply fuel for the diesel-powered locomotives that will carry the iron ore to Port Hedland for export.

The $10 billion Roy Hill project involves mine, rail and port infrastructure works.

Roy Hill says the mine, once fully operational, will produce 55 million tonnes per annum of iron ore from the Pilbara.

The firm is constructing a 344km heavy-haul railway to Port Hedland and building new ore handling and berth facilities.

Roy Hill last month reported that 40 per cent of the project had been completed.

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