Cerrejon Mine

Client: Ferrovial

Location: Caribbean Coast, Colombia

LDD successfully provided our client with a fully managed integrated piling service, installing 172 No. vertical and inclined piles for an export terminal at the Cerrejon Mine, Colombia.

In Colombia the LDD team worked effectively to supply our client with a fully integrated piling solution. We provided a comprehensive spread of marine equipment and a specialist integrated crew for all operations; this offered the project the benefits of an ‘all-inclusive’ service with our long-standing expertise in nearshore jetty construction.

The equipment spread included;

      • Jack-up platform complete with 270 tonne crawler crane
      • Equipment supply barge
      • Tug boat for delivering the marine package to site and positioning piling spread during operations
      • Hydraulic piling gate for vertical and inclined piles
      • Hydraulic pile driving equipment
      • Reverse circulation drilling spread
      • Pile upending cradle
      • Pile lifting equipment for handling the piles during the installation

In total, 19 personnel worked closely with the client, managing the operation of equipment and co-ordination of the project to ensure successful installation of foundations.

Project Challenges

Due to the remoteness of the location and to keep delays to a minimum for the client, LDD executed mobilisation of the piling spread in Trinidad and towed 285 nautical miles to Puerto Bolivar. This was the first mobilisation of its type seen in Trinidad and our team worked closely with the local authorities to ensure this was as effective as possible.

The tow itself was a success, taking a total of 5 days and ensuring the complexities of importing equipment into Colombia were greatly reduced for the client.

On-site operations were also required not disrupt normal port operations; this included ongoing 180,000 DWT vessel movements in close proximity to the works. The site issue was managed effectively by the experience that the LDD project team was able to bring to the operation.