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To the complex demands of mining operations, we bring holistic, locally appropriate solutions.

Mining requires precise solutions for safe, efficient and economic operations, allied with sensitivity to local communities and environments. The challenges of the resources industry call on Arup’s combined strengths in thinking commercially, inventively and sustainably.

Arup’s experience with firms such as BHP Billiton and Exxaro spans logistics, integrated rail and port solutions, environmental consultancy, mine site planning and infrastructure. Our advice and technical skills are trusted by operators and investors alike, as well as by providers of mining transport and construction solutions.

Skills for total solutions

We know how to make mine, port and rail work together as a seamless integrated logistics chain. We also understand the complexities of material handling across a wide range of mineral commodities.

To each task, we bring incisive attention – from operating strategies to freight rail operations and port operations, including conveyor systems, stockpile areas and ship loaders. Joined-up skills enable our total approach to mining’s challenges.

A case in point is our feasibility and route evaluation work for the East Kalimantan Rail coal project in Indonesia. We addressed logistics from mine to port and called on Arup’s skills in geotechnicscivil and rail engineering, port terminals and jettiesroads and bridges.

Customising rail

Arup’s formidable expertise in rail powers us to think beyond standard, and to shape freight to fit seamless operations. That approach informs our work from the Pilbara to West Africa, where we are undertaking design for a planned heavy-haul rail line for SMFG through Bechtel.

In Australia, BHP Billiton Iron Ore has turned to Arup for high-level conceptual work, from economic analysis of rail expansion options to design of their proposed Port Hedland marshalling and maintenance facility.

Local responses to global standards

Our track record in delivering sustainable, high-quality development matches the expectations of international mining firms in safety, sustainability and community issues.

Arup’s experience, particularly in Africa, Australia and South America, gives us first-hand knowledge of local conditions. Our flexible, locally engaged approach equips us to respond to the challenges.

Connecting remote places

Arup knows how to operate in remote areas. We are resourceful and get the right skills in place, whether drawing on our global network or building local capacity.

Our interconnected skills ensure that new mining settlements like the Siguiri Mine village, Guinea, and Roxby Downs, South Australia, become liveable, safe and attractive communities. We can design, project manage and realise full operation of a remote construction camp, followed by a township and essential infrastructure, including water management and desalination.

Global contact

  • Mike Straughton
  • Australasia Mining Business Leader
  • Brian Raine

    Brian Raine

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    Americas Region Board Member, Houston Group Leader

    Your best solution to date?

    Energía Costa Azul LNG Receival Terminal, Baja California, Mexico.

    Why is it significant?

    An efficient marine terminal solution allowing LNG carrier access to an exposed coastal environment.

    Your particular skill?

    Bringing together a range of engineering solutions for complex energy projects.


    Innovative solutions with a focus on constructability.

    Why Arup?

    Freedom of thought and collaboration with bright driven people.

    Anything else?

    Fascinated with the emerging energy supply challenges and opportunities for engineers and society generally.

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Explore our work

BHP Biliton Strategic Rail Review.

Project: BHP Billiton strategic rail review

Analysis of railroad operations and expansion options for future business requirements.

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Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport Pedestrian Tunnel. Credit Arup.

Project: Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport Pedestrian Tunnel

A 185m long pedestrian tunnel through shale bedrock up to 35m below the surface of Lake Ontario, Canada.

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