MBP Bauxite Ore Slurry Pipeline

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Mineracao Bauxita Paragominas (MBP) selected Ausenco to perform a full range of services for the world’s first commercial long-distance bauxite ore slurry pipeline.

The pipeline system is designed to initially transport 8 million tonnes per year (Mt/y), and later expand up to 13 Mt/y, of bauxite ore from the Miltonia mine site in the state of Para to terminal facilities in Barcarena on the Amazon estuary near Belem.

Ausenco was selected to perform a full range of services, from laboratory testing and feasibility studies through to start-up support and operator training.

The pipeline system delivers bauxite to a new dedicated filter plant and includes:

  • A 244 km, 24-inch outside diameter buried pipeline
  • One pump station located at the beneficiation plant
  • A second intermediate pump station to be installed as production increases
  • Four pressure monitoring stations along the pipeline route
  • Pipeline terminal facilities
  • Fibre optic telecommunications system
  • Pipeline Advisor™ for leak detection and process optimisation

Operations commenced in 2007.

Project details

Control systems, Operational readiness, Pipeline operations software, Slurry pipeline
Industrial minerals
Business line
Process Infrastructure
Mineracao Bauxita Paragominas
Solution phase
Evaluate, Innovate, Create, Optimise