Tomlinson secures Rio engineering work
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.
RCR Tomlinson managing director Paul Dalgleish.