Fortescue Metals Group – Impact of extreme weather events on infrastructure

Title: Impact of extreme weather events in infrastructure
Client Type: Private sector – mining
Our Role: Technical expert – climate change vulnerability and risk assessment

The Challenge

Located in the iron rich Pilbara region of Western Australia, the Fortescue Metals Group (Fortescue) wanted expert assistance to help ensure the potential implications of climate change and extreme events were taken into consideration against existing and planned infrastructure.

The two key objectives of the project were to review the exposure of existing and planned Fortescue projects and their associated engineering methodologies to extreme weather events out to 2030 (with consideration of a changing climate) and to develop a recommended action plan to address mitigative action.

AdaptiveFutures (working with WorleyParsons) facilitated a series of expert workshops designed to review and validate potential risks through the basis of design review and to develop a set of adaptation actions aimed at reducing Fortescue’s risks to climate change and extreme events to 2030. The process was conducted in two phases: an initial phase with input from WorleyParsons senior engineers with extensive Fortescue project experience and a follow up phase with Fortescue engineers and managers to validate findings from the initial phase.

Project findings were aligned with the FMG risk management framework by customising the AdaptiveFutures ClimateAdaptor tool for the company.

The significance of the project has been recognised by two national research organisations, CSIRO and the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF).  Two case studies have been written about the project:

Also, the project was featured by the Australian Government in the Climate Adaptation Outlook: National best practice case study – Fortescue Metals Group Extreme Weather Events Risk Assessment project (Box 3.6)