Rio Tinto to execute Koodaideri digitalisation with FLSmidth contract

FLSmidth has secured an $80 million contract for the supply of key minerals handling equipment at Rio Tinto’s Koodaideri mine in Western Australia.

The global engineering company will design, supply, install and commission the products and know-how that will be “instrumental in developing Rio Tinto’s most technologically advanced mine to date.”

Koodaideri is set to integrate extensive automation and digitalisation technologies.

Equipment from FLSmidth will be designed to the latest Australian standards and incorporate smart 3D design and a variety of advanced engineering solutions, such as BulkExpert.

Rio Tinto will for the first time apply smart technology to interconnect all components in the mining value chain, according to FLSmidth.

“Koodaideri will set new benchmarks in digitalisation and will feature the most technologically advanced solutions employed to date in the iron ore sector,” FLSmidth Mining president Manfred Schaffer said.

“This will enable Rio Tinto to run the most advanced mining operation featuring high productivity and high safety in a cost-efficient set-up, and we are proud to be part of this.”

FLSmidth will book in the turn-key contract to the second quarter of 2019. This is the second contract announcement by Rio Tinto for the $3.5 billion mine this week.

Rio Tinto will commence construction of the proposed 43-million-tonne-a-year Koodaideri project this year, with first ore expected by late 2021.

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