In addition to program and construction management, Fluor provided selected design and procurement services to build the copper concentrator, associated infrastructure, Shaft 2 headframe, and related facilities for the Oyu Tolgoi (which means "turquoise hill" in Mongolian) project.
To meet the challenges posed by the remoteness of the site, Fluor applied its proven skills in safety, craft training, baseline-focused project controls, and quality management. Fluor's Shanghai, China office supplied some 60 percent of the technical and support personnel.
Other project infrastructure included upgrading a 104-kilometer road from the Chinese border to the site; building a 1,000-liters-per-second pipeline from a borefield; 80 kilometers from the site; setting up housing facilities for more than 10,000 workers; and establishing 80 square kilometers of site development that included an airstrip, roads, concrete batch plants, water distribution systems, associated electrical power distribution, and two mining shafts 1,800 meters each in depth.
The harsh environment demanded adaptation for typical project tasks. For example, in applying 145,000 cubic meters of concrete for the concentrator, the team used cold-weather techniques in order to pour concrete when it was -30 C. This included fabricating tented structures with diesel-fired heaters to keep the formwork and rebar at an acceptable temperature and to keep the freshly poured concrete from freezing.