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RIO Tinto Limited – RDSS Project

Rio Tinto Limited
Cape Lambert Port Facility | Western Australia
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Project Overview

date completed
June 2020

The RDSS project was approved by Rio Tinto Limited (ASX:RIO) to improve safety and increase the turnaround times related to ship loading of iron ore. Cape Lambert is a major sea port for exporting iron ore from Rio Tinto’s mining operations in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. It is 59km East of Karratha and has a handling capacity of 80Mtpa. SIMPEC Pty Ltd have been engaged to supply and install a Remote Draft Survey System utilising cutting edge technology to remotely assess vessel capacity under ship loading conditions. This transition from traditional manual methods of assessment will increase turnaround time for ship-loading activities, resulting in improved safety, and reduced costs to the operator.

SIMPEC will fulfil a key Mechanical, Electrical and Communications contract in the installation of the system and its supporting infrastructure.

Client Overview

After almost 150 years of pioneering exploration, expansion, diversification and innovation, Rio Tinto stands today as one of the world’s largest producers of a range of essential materials, and a major force driving human progress. Rio Tinto is headquartered in London and has a corporate office in Melbourne.

In the Pilbara region of Western Australia, Rio Tinto operates the world’s largest integrated portfolio of iron ore assets with industry-leading margins. Rio Tinto’s Pilbara operations include a world-class, integrated network of 15 iron ore mines, four port facilities, a 1,700 kilometre rail network and related infrastructure.

Scope of Work

SIMPEC’s Scope of Work included:

·    Construction management

·    Engineering services          

·    Supply and installation of RDSS units and supporting infrastructure

·    Supply and installation of electrical and communication scabling and equipment

·    Commissioning, Testing and Certification of systems

Innovative partnership with Rio Tinto in design and construct of the RDSS system is world class.

This contract was established due to SIMPEC’s unwavering focus on ensuring our customer needs are met and our teams work safely each and every day.

Key Facts

·    Installation of Remote Draft Survey System

·    Installation of supporting electrical and communicationsnetworks

·    Engineering design and support

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