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Rio’s WTS2 iron ore project hits first ore milestone, Mondium says

Mondium says first ore has been achieved at Rio Tinto’s Western Turner Syncline Phase 2 project (WTS2) in Western Australia.

Rio Tinto awarded Perth-based Mondium a A$400 million ($276 million) contract to design and construct the mine in early 2020. This saw the company, a joint venture involving Monadelphous and Lycopodium, undertake all engineering and design, procurement and site construction works associated with the WTS2 development, including the process plant, overland conveyor and non-process infrastructure.

Celebrating the achievement, Mondium said it was a significant achievement for its EPC team, Rio Tinto and delivery partners.

It added: “593 days and more than two million site hours worked culminated in the first loader bucket tipping high-grade ore into the WTS2 run of mine bin. Forty minutes later, the ore was discharged to the WTS1 belt and delivered to the Tom Price stockpiles.”

Back in November 2019, Rio said it would invest $749 million in the development of WTS2 at its Greater Tom Price operations, facilitating mining of existing and new deposits and including construction of a new crusher as well as a 13 km conveyor. In addition to this, the haul truck fleet at the mine would be fitted with Autonomous Haulage System technology to enable autonomous haulage. This fleet has since been commissioned.

SCEE Electrical to help integrate battery energy storage system at Rio’s Tom Price

Southern Cross Electrical Engineering says its SCEE Electrical business has been contracted to work on a 45 MW/12 MWh Battery Energy Storage for Spinning Reserve (BESSR) facility at the Hammersley Iron-owned Tom Price operations in the Pilbara of Western Australia.

This contract, part of pacts amounting to around A$20 million ($14.9 million) the company has received in the resources and infrastructure sector, will see SCEE supply works for the installation of the balance of plant for the BESSR facility.

The integration of this battery energy storage system into the network operator’s existing power network has the goal of decarbonising the power generation portfolio and saving fuel costs, SCEE said.

SCEE Electrical’s works will commence immediately and are scheduled to be complete in July 2022.

Hammersley Iron is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rio Tinto.

SCEE Group Managing Director, Graeme Dunn, said he was particularly pleased to announce the battery project for Rio Tinto in the Pilbara following its NECA WA award-winning efforts at the Agnew Hybrid Renewable project.

“The SCEE Group is leveraged across many aspects of the lithium cycle including working at lithium mines, at lithium processing plants, manufacturing electric vehicle charging systems and installing the batteries themselves,” he said. “In turn, this is only a subset of the many decarbonisation initiatives which the SCEE Group enables.”

Fleetwood to support Rio’s Pilbara rail works with Ti Tree camp upgrades

Fleetwood Ltd says its Fleetwood Building Solutions subsidiary has been awarded a A$30 million ($23 million) camp expansion and upgrade contract by a subsidiary of Rio Tinto.

The contract award from Pilbara Iron Company has a scope including supply, installation, refurbishment upgrades and relocation of buildings at Rio Tinto’s Ti Tree Rail Camp, 170 km southeast of Karratha and 100 km north of Tom Price.

The expanded rail camp will support a peak workforce of more than 300 people completing future rail maintenance and upgrade works on the Tom Price to Cape Lambert rail line.

Commencing in December 2020, the contract is expected to take around 10 months to complete and contribute to the company’s 2021 calendar year revenue, Fleetwood said.

During the tender process, Fleetwood met the Rio Tinto Category 3 supplier requirements, which allows it to perform works on site as the primary contractor across other potential projects, it said.

Fleetwood’s Interim CEO, Andrew Wackett, said: “The opportunity to partner directly with one of the world’s largest mining companies like Rio Tinto highlights Fleetwood’s experience as the largest Australian-owned modular building company.”