The Con­trac­tors

The Australian Mining Review - - CONTENTS - CAMERON DRUMMOND WA

ENGI­NEER­ING and in­fra­struc­ture busi­ness RCR Tom­lin­son has won a $33m con­tract to de­sign and con­struct a 5km re­lo­cat­able con­veyor sys­tem at Fortescue Me­tals Group’s (FMG) Cloud­break iron ore op­er­a­tion.

The project is the first off the block un­der RCR and FMG’s in­no­va­tion and de­vel­op­ment agree­ment tar­geted at iden­ti­fy­ing im­proved pro­duc­tiv­ity and ef­fi­ciency ini­tia­tives across the miner’s iron ore op­er­a­tions.

RCR man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Dr Paul Dal­gleish said RCR had a long his­tory in ma­te­ri­als han­dling and has fo­cused on the con­cepts of in-pit crush­ing and con­vey­ing, which cul­mi­nated in its re­la­tion­ship with FMG.

“RCR and Fortescue have each de­vel­oped unique po­si­tions in the in­dus­try as in­no­va­tors and first movers on smart tech­nol­ogy,” Dr Dal­gleish said.

“RCR, work­ing with Fortescue, is ex­cited about the op­por­tu­nity to use engi­neer­ing in­tel­li­gence to pro­vide a so­lu­tion which will ul­ti­mately lead to on­go­ing re­duc­tions in the cost of pro­duc­tion for iron ore.”

RCR will lead the de­sign, man­u­fac­ture and con­struc­tion of the re­lo­cat­able con­veyor sys­tem for Fortescue, to be de­liv­ered as part of a joint ven­ture with an In­dige­nous busi­ness part­ner.

“RCR, work­ing with Fortescue, is ex­cited about the op­por­tu­nity to use engi­neer­ing in­tel­li­gence to pro­vide a so­lu­tion which will ul­ti­mately lead to on­go­ing re­duc­tions in the cost of pro­duc­tion for iron ore.”

Im­age: FMG.

The re­lo­cat­able con­veyor sys­tem will be tri­alled at FMG’s Cloud­break project.

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