Rio Tinto announced it has selected FLSmidth and Caterpillar to supply the equipment to develop what it claims will be its most technologically advanced mine, the Koodaideri iron ore operation in the Pilbara, Western Australia. This will be Rio Tinto’s ﬁrst Pilbara mine to be primarily operated using Cat equipment. Previously, Rio Tinto purchased Komatsu haul trucks for its Mine of the Future program.
Through its local dealer WesTrac, Cat will provide a ﬂeet of 20 autonomous trucks and four autonomous blasthole drills. Cat’s machinery will be integrated with Rio Tinto’s Mine Automation System (MAS), which collects and enhances data to improve productivity across Rio Tinto’s entire iron ore network.