Rio Tinto is upgrading its ship loading infrastructure at the Dampier Salt operation in Port Hedland.
The construction of this new ship loading circuit will allow ships to be loaded faster while reducing the environmental impacts of port operations.
Tom Lukeman, general manager operations, stated that the upgrade will replace the previous ship loader which was built 40 years ago.
“The new ship loader will allow the same number of tonnes to be loaded over a shorter period of time,” he said.
“This means at our current production rate we will be spending less hours loading, and there will be less of an impact in terms of noise and energy use. The facility also sets us up for the future, providing the potential to support future expansions in capacity of the operation.”
The existing infrastructure has a current production capacity of 3.2 million tonnes per annum of salt.