Rio Tinto and NRW boost relationship at Koodaideri

Rio Tinto in the Pilbara. Credits: Csfoto - Christian Sprogoe (photographer)

NRW Holdings subsidiary RCR Mining Technologies has received an equipment package for Rio Tinto’s Koodaideri project in Western Australia.

RCR Mining will provide three large apron feeders, 11 slide gates and two belt feeders for a combined value in excess of $18 million.

Rio Tinto has awarded several contracts to NRW at Koodaideri this year, including a $65 million agreement to deliver bulk earthworks in January and a $137 million contract for the Koodaideri’s rail formation earlier in May.

The $3.8 billion Koodaideri development is billed as a part of Rio Tinto’s ongoing Mine of the Future program. The future Pilbara hub is set to use advanced digital methods to extract iron ore, with first production scheduled to commence in late 2021.

“RCRMT has a long and proud history of supplying major equipment to Rio Tinto and the Western Australian mining industry,” RCRMT executive general manager Ian Gibbs said.

“Since transitioning to NRW ownership, we have been able to secure orders for all the current major iron ore projects to retain our status as the market leader in the design and manufacture of apron and belt feeders, which is an exciting achievement against a highly regarded multinational supply market.”

NRW purchased RCR Mining and RCR Heat Treatment for a combined $10 million in February this year after failed engineering group RCR Tomlinson went into administration in 2018.

The award represents a further validation of NRW’s acquisition approach to provide clients with a broader service offering, according to company chief executive Jules Pemberton.

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