Title: Case Study: Savage River Slurry Pipeline

The world’s first slurry pipeline, transporting iron ore, was built in Tasmania in 1967. N.T. (Norm) Cowper, the principal of SlurrySystems, was the superintendent responsible for construction, start-up and operation of the pipeline for the first one-and-a-half years of operation. The system was a highly successful operation, which paved to way for worldwide acceptance of transportation of coal and other minerals over long distances by pipeline. Bechtel was responsible for the Savage River Slurry Pipeline design and construction. Construction required building a 366 m suspension bridge over the nearly inaccessible Savage River. The ore was crushed at the mine site, and then transported through the pipeline as a slurry to its shipping destination at Point Latta.

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 212210 - Iron Ore Mining                
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  • Bechtel Power

  • Pipe

  • Slurry


  • Slurry



  • Australia




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