With 30 per cent of the world’s mineral resources, Africa’s ability to feed the global economy’s demand for raw materials is vast.
Multi-billion dollar mining developments are in the pipeline for Southern and West African countries, however, to capitalise on this incredible opportunity it is vital that commodities are moved from pit-to-port as quickly and efficiently as possible and that current railway infrastructure deficiencies are rectified.
Heavy Haul Rail Africa 2014 will cover all the relevant issues including government and resource sector perspectives on future developments in heavy haul rail infrastructure, opportunities to source relevant funding, regulatory progress, challenges in planning and construction, rolling stock requirements, maintenance and capacity enhancement. In the lead up to the event, we have made some of the presentations from last year’s conference available for download.
Where are we at and where do we need to be? Investigating the current state of heavy haul railways across Africa
- What is the condition and capacity of Africa’s heavy haul rail network and supporting infrastructure?
- In what direction are we headed? Factors influencing initiatives to build heavy haul development moving forward
- Current barriers to growth for the network
- Analysing existing limitations – Axle loads, poor track condition, gauge variations
Henk Bester, Global Director – Rail and Transportation, Hatch
Examining regulatory developments for Africa’s heavy haul rail sector
- Overview of economic regulation
- The Australian experience with rail and port infrastructure lessons for Africa
Euan Morton, Principal, Synergies Economic Consulting
A simple equation: Mineral development – Railways = Expensive dirt!
- The Australian Experience – Getting the product to the port, onto a boat, and to the customer
- Overview of current major Australian resource developments and their reliance upon heavy haul rail
- The importance of heavy haul rail networks in realising the economic contribution and sovereign value of resource booms
- Keys to success in efficient pit to port operations
Ken Devencorn, Technical Director, Resources & Manufacturing Services, Aurecon
CASE STUDY – Increasing heavy haul capacity from the Waterberg coalfields – Examining the feasibility study for a coal rail link between Botswana and South Africa
Cleopatra Shiceka, General Manager Strategy and Planning, Transnet Freight Rail