Tom­lin­son se­cures Rio engi­neer­ing work

Pilbara News - - News - Nick Evans

Rio Tinto has be­gun prepa­ra­tions for build­ing its new Sil­ver­grass mine in the Pil­bara in earnest, hand­ing RCR Tom­lin­son a $120 mil­lion engi­neer­ing, pro­cure­ment and con­struc­tion con­tract for the mine’s crusher and con­veyor sys­tem last week.

RCR said the scope of work in­cluded de­sign and con­struc­tion of a new pri­mary crusher, 9km of over­land con­vey­ors and a 33kV power line at the new $US338 mil­lion mine, with con­struc­tion to start later this year if State Gov­ern­ment ap­provals are granted.

Sil­ver­grass is due to be­gin pro­duc­ing ore by Oc­to­ber next year, and aims to de­liver 219 mil­lion tonnes of low-phos­pho­rous Marra Mamba ore over a 12 year mine life, at a rate of about 20 mil­lion tonnes a year.

Ore will be moved from the mine to the ex­ist­ing Nam­muldi plant via the con­veyor belts, with the Sil­ver­grass prod­uct needed to im­prove the qual­ity of Rio’s main Pil­bara blend prod­uct. Rio has pre­vi­ously said Sil­ver­grass will be run us­ing a fleet of 22 au­ton­o­mous haul trucks.

Pic­ture: Ian Munro

RCR Tom­lin­son man­ag­ing direc­tor Paul Dal­gleish.

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