Fortescue extends RCR Mining contract at Cloudbreak

Cloudbreak iron ore operations. Image: Fortescue Metals Group

NRW Holdings subsidiary RCR Mining Technologies has won a contract for a significant design and construct equipment package at Fortescue Metals Group’s Cloudbreak iron ore mine in Western Australia.

The design and construct contract involves another crushing plant at the Pilbara site, which is designed for primary sizing of 3500 tonnes an hour. It adds to RCR’s previous Cloudbreak development of relocatable plants that operate at 2500 tonnes an hour.

Fortescue’s new plant will be fed by its autonomous truck fleet and stands on RCR’s relocatable principles, which NRW said had been developed over the past 15 years.

“The award of another crushing plant is a milestone for the RCR Mining Technologies team and complements four plants previously developed with Fortescue,” NRW stated.

“It brings into focus significant relocatable mining plant innovation developed together.”

RCR is also supplying apron feeders and belt feeders to Fortescue’s Eliwana mine and rail project in the Pilbara. Contracts between the two companies have accumulated to a value of $40 million.

RCR designs and manufactures all its equipment in the South West operations, based in Bunbury, and its Welshpool workshops.

“We have also partnered for specialist services with leading Western Australian subcontractors to deliver this project,” RCR Mining Technologies executive general manager Ian Gibbs said.

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