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The Pilbara experience: an internship with Rio Tinto Iron Ore Project Engineering

Jarvis, Adam Reynor (2008) The Pilbara experience: an internship with Rio Tinto Iron Ore Project Engineering. Internship Report, Murdoch University.



The 11kV distribution system at Paraburdoo mine site has been in service for the better part of the last forty years and has come to the end of its service life and requires replacing. These 11kV electricity assets include the 11kV bulk supply switchroom, a significant proportion of the plant distribution, six distribution transformers and a shunt reactor. In addition a new administration/workshop building and wash pad is currently under construction at West Angelas mine site and requires power installed from nearby overhead power lines.

The purpose of my internship has been to write a Scope of Works and a Functional Specification for the replacement of the electricity assets at Paraburdoo and the installation of power at West Angelas. This was achieved by assessing the installation requirements, understanding the functionality of the electrical network in which they operate and consulting the relevant Australian Standards applicable to each installation whilst communicating with the project stakeholders in order to facilitate the replacement and installation of these assets at both sites.

Specifically the assets at Paraburdoo shall be replaced with contemporary switchgear, transformers and shunt reactors while at West Angelas the new buildings will receive power via new underground cable from nearby take-off poles to a kiosk comprising an LV switchboard.

Item Type: Internship Report (Bachelor of Engineering)
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Engineering and Energy
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