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CSI to carry out load and haul, drill and blast work at Rio’s Brockman 2 iron ore mine

Mineral Resources Ltd’s CSI Mining Services has been awarded a mining contract by Rio Tinto to carry out work at the Brockman 2 iron ore mine in the Pilbara of Western Australia.

The scope of the contract will see CSI conduct load and haul, drill and blast, and short-term mine planning activities for Rio, the company said.

This will involve scheduling, drilling and blasting and then excavating 27 Mt of waste rock and iron ore over an approximate nine-month period, with a fleet of large-scale mining equipment, developing the Lens A/B pit for Rio.

This contract builds on a 16-year relationship with Rio, dating back to when CSI first commenced crushing services at the Nammuldi mine site. It also follows the completion of a 30 Mt load and haul contract at Rio’s Tom Price mine. CSI remains engaged at another Rio Tinto operation, Paraburdoo, where its team is carrying out 13 Mt of load and haul operations.

The Brockman 2 contract will generate around 150 jobs for CSI’s highly skilled workforce, the company said.

Mineral Resources’ Chief Executive Mining Services, Mike Grey, said: “We are delighted to have been invited by Rio Tinto to assist at another of its world-class iron ore mines. Our relationship with Rio Tinto dates back 16 years. Since then, we have been able to establish a track record of consistent project delivery for Rio Tinto, which we are very proud of.

“CSI is the world’s largest crushing contractor, so it is immensely satisfying that this latest Rio Tinto contract includes other mining activities, such as load and haul and drill and blast, to demonstrate CSI’s diverse skills set. We are confident this Brockman 2 scope of work will become the latest chapter of our ongoing association with Rio Tinto.”

Brockman 2 is one of the 16 mines that make up Rio’s world-class Pilbara iron ore operations.

The CSI team has begun mobilising to site, including delivering a new fleet of Komatsu 830E electric-drive dump trucks and a new Komatsu PC4000-11 excavator.

Baru Group wins conveyor and stacker work at Rio Tinto’s Brockman 2 iron ore mine

Rio Tinto has awarded its 100th work package to local businesses in the Pilbara of Western Australia, as part of a programme designed to increase opportunities for companies within the state.

The programme, launched in May 2017, features an online local procurement portal to increase the visibility of upcoming work and maximises opportunities for local companies to be part of Rio Tinto’s supply chain, according to the company.

One of the most recent local businesses to secure work through the portal was indigenous-owned-and-operated civil and concrete construction company, Baru Group.

The work awarded to Baru involves an upgrade of the stackers and conveyors at Rio Tinto’s Brockman 2 operation, including earthworks and a structural upgrade to the stacker rail sleepers and conveyor foundations.

Baru, based in Karratha, is expected to complete the project by the end of 2019.

Anne Tallon, director of Baru Group, said: “Winning this work has a flow on effect for our employees and their families. Rio Tinto’s local procurement portal shows us what jobs are coming up and provides us with enough information so that we can do our own investigation into whether we can be cost competitive as well as if the scope of works are within our capabilities.

“Being successful in these opportunities means that our businesses can grow, our employees and their families can live in the towns they chose to live in, and our communities can thrive.”

Rio Tinto Iron Ore Managing Director Pilbara Mines, Stefan Buys, said: “The programme is gaining momentum and we have now received more than 3,000 expressions of interest from suppliers for work published on the online platform, the Local Procurement Portal.

“Rio Tinto aims to make a significant contribution to our local communities by making sure we provide opportunities for local businesses to benefit from our activities. Our procurement practices, and those of our contractors, help sustain many Western Australian and Pilbara-based businesses.”