Rio Tinto Selects Mining, Processing Equipment for Koodaideri

Rio Tinto announced it has selected FLSmidth and Caterpillar to supply the equipment to develop what it claims will be its most technologically advanced mine, the Koodaideri iron ore operation in the Pilbara, Western Australia. This will be Rio Tinto’s first Pilbara mine to be primarily operated using Cat equipment. Previously, Rio Tinto purchased Komatsu haul trucks for its Mine of the Future program.

Through its local dealer WesTrac, Cat will provide a fleet of 20 autonomous trucks and four autonomous blasthole drills. Cat’s machinery will be integrated with Rio Tinto’s Mine Automation System (MAS), which collects and enhances data to improve productivity across Rio Tinto’s entire iron ore network.

With a turn-key contract for the design, supply, installation and commissioning, FLSmidth will supply key minerals handling equipment for Koodaideri. Rio Tinto will for the first time apply smart technology to interconnect all components in the mining value chain. FLSmidth will design the equipment to the latest Australian standards and incorporate smart 3D design and a variety of advanced engineering solutions, such as BulkExpert.

“Koodaideri will set new benchmarks in digitalization and will feature the most technologically advanced solutions employed to date in the iron ore sector,” said Manfred Schaffer, president, FLSmidth Mining. Construction at Koodaideri will begin this year with the first ore expected to be fully functional by late 2021 with a production capacity of 43 million metric tons of iron ore per year.

As featured in Womp 2019 Vol 05 -