Rio Tinto has awarded Mineral Resources’ subsidiary CSI Mining Services a contract at the Brockman 2 iron ore mine in the Pilbara, WA, generating about 150 jobs to carry out load and haul, drill and blast and short-term mine planning activities for the site.

The scope involves scheduling, drilling, blasting and excavating 27mt of waste rock and iron ore over nine-months with a fleet of large-scale mining equipment, developing the Lens A/B pit for Rio Tinto.

Mineral Resources chief executive mining services Mike Grey says the company is delighted to have been invited by Rio Tinto to support at another of its iron ore mines.

“Our relationship with Rio Tinto dates back 16 years,” he said.

“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.”

The Brockman 2 contract follows the completion of a 30mt load and haul contract at the Tom Price mine.

CSI first commenced crushing services at the Nammuldi minesite and is currently carrying out 13mt of load and haul operations at the Paraburdoo operation.

Brockman 2 is one of the 16 mines that make up Rio Tinto’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.

Iron ore at Mineral Resources’ Koolyanobbing minesite.