Incitec Pivot to apply latest tech at Fortescue contract win

Fortescue's Solomon Hub.

Incitec Pivot business, Dyno Nobel, has been awarded an explosives products and services supply contract with Fortescue Metals Group in the Pilbara, Western Australia.

The contract, which starts next month and runs until December 2023, will deliver $54 million to the company.

Dyno Nobel plans to apply its latest proprietary technology at the iron ore miner’s operations, including the Differential Energy / Delta E and the DigiShot Plus.4G electronic initiation system.

Delta E allows users to deliver the right amount of energy to different layers of rock within a blast, producing better fragmentation and reducing overall mining costs, according to Dyno Nobel.

The first of the new Delta E mobile processing units is in the final stage of commissioning and will soon be transported to Western Australia for use in the hard rock market.

DigiShot Plus.4G

Digitshot Plus 4.G is described as the next generation in electronic initiation systems, which aim to benefit miners by reducing operational downtime.

“The contract provides a platform for Dyno Nobel Asia Pacific to grow its footprint in Western Australia by showcasing the effectiveness of our technologies and innovations through results for Fortescue,” Johns said.

The Fortescue contract win is welcome news for Incitec Pivot’s Western Australian business after a challenging past six months.

In January, the company revealed that it had lost its contract to supply explosives and services at the Roy Hill iron ore mine in the Pilbara.

A month earlier, Incitec Pivot reported that its contract to supply ammonium nitrate prill to BHP’s iron ore operations in the Pilbara would end in late 2019.