Fortescue hands telecommunications contract to Aqura


The Iron Bridge operation. Image: Fortescue Metals Group

Fortescue Metals Group has awarded Aqura Technologies with a $2 million equipment supply contract at the Iron Bridge magnetite project in Western Australia.

The contract will see Aqura deliver advanced LTE (long Term Evolution) communications equipment to the joint venture project between Fortescue and Formosa Steel IB.

The Iron Bridge project is aimed to deliver 22 million tonnes a year of 67 per cent iron magnetite concentrate product and first ore on ship by mid-2022.

Bulk earth works at Iron Bridge are close to 90 per cent complete, with the company now preparing for the construction of the project’s dry processing plant.

Aqura Technologies chief executive Travis Young said the contract award was a great validation of the Aqura team’s expertise.

“We are pleased to be supporting the great work of (Fortescue) and look forward to assisting them with their longer-term technology transformation program,” Young said.

“Aqura continues to lead in high performance industrial connectivity with advanced engagements for new rollouts, and other developments such as the imminent completion of our first 5G-enabled LTE network to the benefits of private LTE to a broader spectrum of businesses.”

Aqura delivered Australia’s first underground 4G LTE network in 2017.


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