RIO TINTO NEW OPERATIONS CENTRE FOR IRON ORE IN WA

Rio opens new operations centre

AAP June 25, 2010, 10:31 am

Rio opens new operations centreThe West Australian ©

Rio Tinto has formally opened a high-tech operations centre adjacent to Perth’s domestic airport that remotely controls the mining giant’s vast network of mines, rail systems, infrastructure facilities and port operations in the Pilbara.

The operations centre was opened by WA Premier Colin Barnett, after a six months ramp up.

“The operations centre features 200 controllers and schedulers and more than 230 technical planning and support staff, using cutting-edge networks that ensure all Pilbara operations up to 1500 kilometres away are not only controlled from Perth, but can be performed with the maximum efficiency,” Rio Tinto said in a statement.

Rio Tinto chief executive Iron Ore and Australia Sam Walsh said the operations centre allowed the company to operate its Pilbara iron ore operations above nameplate capacity.

“There is no other mining operation anywhere in the world attempting this on this scale,” Mr Walsh said.

The technology would result in a safer workplace, he said.
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