CADMATIC has gained an important client in Brazil where it is has been implemented by global mining giant Anglo American and LLX on the ambitious Minas Rio iron ore project. The project includes a mineral complex with a mine and plant in the Minas Gerais State as well as a 525 kilometre slurry pipeline that will carry iron ore pellets across 32 cities to the port of Açu on the northeastern coast of the Rio de Janeiro state. The massive venture is set for completion in 2012.
Anglo American has embarked on the project to bolster its iron ore production to meet the expected increase in seaborne iron ore demand as the global economy enters another phase of expansion after the current downturn. Strong demand for the product is expected particularly in China which already accounts for more than half of global seaborne steel demand.
The iron ore mined in Minas Gerais is expected to be of very high quality with a Fegrade of above 68% with extremely low alumina, silica and phosphorus contaminants. This is particularly significant as the industry is expected to continue experiencing a reduction in ore grades; thereby making the Minas Rio iron ore pellets a top quality and highly sought after product.
Engineering company VIT, was commissioned by Anglo-American/LLX to develop a 3D model of the mineral complex and Açu Port. The model was used as an integration tool for importing the topography and joining all the processing buildings together in a single model, making it quite possibly the longest CADMATIC model in the world. Both Anglo American and its associate port operator, LLX, have acquired CADMATIC Plant Modeller and eBrowser licenses.
According to João Brandão, from Anglo-American, they make extensive use of the CADMATIC 3D model for interference detection and to facilitate communication between project partners. Mr Brandão is responsible for the CADMATIC Plant Modeller revision work at Anglo American and has, amongst others, been particularly impressed with the eBrowser’s capabilities for project development follow-up and verification.
LLX has acquired eBrowser licenses which it plans to use during the construction phase of the port. It is one of the largest private investments in sea terminals in Brazil and will serve as the logistics centre for the country’s southeast and midwest regions. When completed it will boast six berths for bulk carriers and four berths for general cargo vessels, general cargo ships and offshore support vessels.