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CSI commences Queensland haulage operations

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Mineral Resources (MinRes) subsidiary CSI Mining Services has commenced transporting bauxite ore for Rio Tinto’s Weipa operations in northern Queensland.

CSI is a leading provider of innovative pit-to-ship solutions such as crushing, screening and processing operations for MinRes and Tier 1 mining clients.

In April, it was announced that CSI had received a contract to deliver haulage services for a Tier 1 mining company. CSI commenced the hauling operations a month later.

Now, CSI has started transporting bauxite from Rio’s Weipa operations, which comprises three bauxite mines, processing facilities, shiploaders, an export wharf, two ports, power stations, a rail network and ferry terminals.

CSI is carrying out the transportation by using eight Kenworth C509 quad road trains operating from the Andoom mine site at Weipa through two haul routes. The Kenworth C509s are the biggest single-engine road trains in the world featuring a 330-tonne payload and 425-tonne gross combination mass.

CSI has been recruiting multi combination (MC) drivers from Weipa, Cairns and surrounding areas, with the drivers offered permanent jobs. MinRes conducts a MC driver training program, which recently welcomed its 100th candidate.

“CSI has worked closely with Rio Tinto to transport the Kenworth C509 quad road trains from Western Australia to Queensland, with them being transported via a roll-on, roll-off vessel to Weipa and then driven 30km to the Andoom mine site,” MinRes chief executive mining services Mike Grey said.

“This includes transporting the road trains across the single-lane, narrow Weipa mission bridge, requiring a high level of planning, coordination and teamwork with Rio Tinto.

“This marks an exciting time of growth for CSI and we are proud to build on our longstanding relationship with Rio Tinto.”

Kenworth C509 quad road trains will also carry product from MinRes’ Onslow Iron project in WA along a dedicated and fenced 150km haul road running from the Ken’s Bore mine site to the MinRes transhipping terminal at the Port of Ashburton.

The Onslow Iron road trains are equipped with autonomous haulage solutions technology developed with autonomy specialists Hexagon.

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