Western Access Road

Date: November 2020 to October 2021

Exact Contracting were engaged to construct a new 54km main access road to the Carrapateena Mine site (built to Australian Road Standards to enable sealing of the road if required in the future).

The Western Access Road commences at the Stuart Highway and ends at the Southern Access Road. This is the primary access to Carrapateena Mine and provides an improved point of access for all on-road transport including ore haulage from the mine.

Sound planning and management of material movements was critical to this project, with approximately 1,000,000m3 of cut to fill earthworks required including works across 25kms of virgin sand-dune terrain.

Works on the construction of the 54km road included:

  • Stuart Highway Intersection Upgrade.
  • Installation and operation of a 45km poly pipe water network including construction/remediation of four turkey’s nests for construction water supply.
  • Fibre optic protection works.
  • Approximately 1,000,000m3 of earthworks (Cut to Fill Operations).
  • Operation of concrete batch plant for stabilised sand and concrete production.
  • Installation of CSP Culverts and rock protection.
  • Construction of five concrete causeways including install of RCP culverts and rock protection.
  • Construction and operation of Midway Quarry for road materials.
  • Subgrade preparation and pavement construction.
  • Mobilisation and management of a 100 person mobile camp and approvals

This project was successfully completed in less than 12 months, on schedule and on budget.

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