The Australian Mining Review - - NEWS - RAY CHAN

Ker­man Con­tract­ing is to build an au­to­mated iron ore sam­pling pro­cess­ing lab­o­ra­tory at Rio Tinto’s Koodaideri mine site, in the Pil­bara of WA.

The con­tract award from Scott Tech­nol­ogy Ltd will see the com­pany start con­struc­tion on the lab in the June quar­ter of this year, with es­ti­mated com­ple­tion in Fe­bru­ary 2021. The scope in­cludes the civil and con­crete works, as well as the struc­tural, hy­draulic, elec­tri­cal/com­mu­ni­ca­tion works and fire pro­tec­tion.

The sup­ply, in­stal­la­tion and com­mis­sion­ing of robotics equip­ment will be un­der­taken by Scott. Ker­man is also work­ing on

Rio Tinto’s other ma­jor iron ore ex­pan­sion project in the Pil­bara, the Western Turner Syn­cline 2 (WTS2) iron ore project.

Ker­man man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Chris Ker­man said that Ker­man and Scott had been work­ing col­lab­o­ra­tively on re­fin­ing the scope and price over the past nine months.

“We are now look­ing for­ward to get­ting the project un­der­way and es­tab­lish­ing a long last­ing busi­ness re­la­tion­ship with Scott,” he said.

In Fe­bru­ary, Scott Tech­nol­ogy was awarded a sig­nif­i­cant con­tract by Rio Tinto to de­sign and build the au­to­mated mine site lab­o­ra­tory, which in­volved the build­ing con­struc­tion and equip­ment sup­ply for the ro­botic sam­ple prepa­ra­tion and anal­y­sis lab­o­ra­tory.

Koodaideri, billed by Rio as an “in­tel­li­gent mine”, will de­liver a new pro­duc­tion hub for Rio’s iron ore busi­ness in the Pil­bara, in­cor­po­rat­ing a pro­cess­ing plant and in­fra­struc­ture in­clud­ing a 166 km rail line con­nect­ing the mine to the ex­ist­ing net­work.

Con­struc­tion on Koodaideri Phase 1 started in 2019 with first pro­duc­tion ex­pected in late 2021.

Once com­plete, the mine will have an an­nual ca­pac­ity of 43 Mt, un­der­pin­ning pro­duc­tion of the com­pany’s flag­ship iron ore prod­uct, Pil­bara Blend.

Koodaideri will de­liver a new pro­duc­tion hub for Rio’s iron ore busi­ness in the Pil­bara.

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