RCR to manufacture $33m Fortescue iron ore conveyor belt

Diversified engineering company RCR Tomlinson has been awarded a $33 million contract to manufacture and build a 5km relocatable conveyor belt for Fortescue’s iron ore mine in Western Australia.

The project is the first to emerge under an innovation and development Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two companies, to identify improved productivity and efficiency opportunities across Fortescue’s operations.

A conveyor belt has been identified as a key productivity for initiative for future iron ore deposits and will be trialled at Fortescue’s Cloudbreak mine in Pilbara.

RCR will lead the design, manufacture and construction of the relocatable conveyor system for Fortescue, to be delivered as part of joint venture with an indigenous business partner.

“RCR has a long history in materials handling and has focused on the concepts of in-pit crushing and conveying, IP2C, which has culminated in this relationship with Fortescue,” said RCR managing director and CEO, Paul Dalgleish.

“RCR and Fortescue have each developed unique positions in the industry as innovators and first movers on smart technology.

“We look forward to working with Fortescue and supporting our partner to develop this innovative solution.”