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Fortescue Metals Group required four Shelter Solutions for their flagship Cloudbreak Mine site in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. 

One of the three largest iron-ore producing mining companies in the Pilbara, FMG operates at four sites in the region; Cloudbreak Mine, Christmas Creek Mine, Kings Valley Mine and Firetail Mine. Cloudbreak is their flagship site, producing around 40 million tonnes of Iron Ore per annum.

They needed two shelters to act as fuel bays, one small Shelter for staff amenities, and one large shelter to act as a heavy machinery maintenance bay.

DomeShelter Australia has a long working relationship with Fortescue, and provided the following shelters for the Cloudbreak site:

  • One 9m x 18m Crib Shelter for staff
  • Two 15m high Shelters to act as refueling facilities
  • One Super Rise 23m Structure for a Mobile Equipment Maintenance (MEM) Workshop


The maintenance workshops were of particular concern, intended to house very large mining equipment – specifically CAT 793F dump trucks. With the tray lifted, these trucks are 14 metres high. It was imperative that FMG were confident the proposed Structure be sufficient for the maintenance of these vehicles.

DomeShelter Australia designed and manufactured the four container mounted Shelter solutions, including one Super Rise Structure under which the CAT 793F’s could easily be parked. 3D drawings were provided at every step of the process; this gave peace of mind that the Shelters would be fit-for-purpose and could fulfill FMG’s needs.

FMG Cloudbreak Mine

The two 15m Fuel Bay Shelters, intended for use as fuel bays, were also specially designed to provide lightening protection. This means that in the event of lightening storms, refueling can still occur, optimising efficiency and saving over $2 million per year.


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