In the Pilbara, we operate a world-class, integrated network of 14 iron ore mines, three port facilities, a 1,400 kilometre rail network; and related infrastructure.
|Capacity Mt/a||Ore type||Blend||Commenced production||Port||Workforce||Fleet|
|Brockman 2/ Nammuldi||Brockman 2 - 9
Nammuldi - 7
|Pilbara Blend||1992||Dampier||FIFO||22 trucks, 6 oading units|
|Brockman 4||22||Brockman||Pilbara Blend||2010||Dampier||FIFO||22 trucks, 6 loading units|
|Robe Valley Operations (Mesa A and Mesa J)||
Mesa A - 25 Mesa J- 7
|Channel Iron Deposit (Pisolite)||Robe Valley||Robe Valley 1972
Mesa A 2010
Mesa J 1992
|Cape Lambert||49 per cent residential, 51 per cent FIFO||20 trucks, 8 loading units|
|West Angelas||29.5||Marra Mamba||Pilbara Blend||2002||Dampier||FIFO||38 trucks, 10 loading unis|
|Mt Tom Price (incl WTS)||30||
|Pilbara Blend||1966||Dampier||Residential||40 trucks, 12 loading units|
|Greater Paraburdoo (Paraburdoo, Channer and Eastern Range)||22.5||Brockman||Pilbara Blend||Paraburdoo 1972
|Dampier||78 per cent residential, 22 per cent FIFO||27 trucks, 6 loading units|
|Marandoo||15||Marra Mamba||Pilbara Blend||1994||Dampier||FIFO||16 trucks, 5 loading units|
|Yandicoogina||53.7||Channel Iron Deposit (Pisolite)||Yandicoogina fines||1998||Cape Lambert||FIFO||23 trucks, 8 loading units|
|Hope Downs (north and south plants)||31||Marra Mamba||Pilbara Blend||2007||Dmpier||FIFO||22 trucks, 6 loading units|
Our rail network is the largest privately owned and operated rail system in Australia. It currently services 14 mines via mainline systems of approximately 1,400 kilometres.
Rail access roads
Our rail access roads are privately owned, initially built to provide maintenance access to the Hamersley Iron/Robe River (now Rio Tinto) railway to the coast. It continues to expand today with in excess of 1400 kilometres of gravel road running parallel to our rail network throughout the Pilbara.
In order to drive on the rail access roads you must hold a valid permit.
- General public - Thirty day general public permits can be obtained by visiting your closest north west visitor centre or completing a short online training module.
- Rio Tinto employees - If you are a permanent Rio Tinto employee you can access the training through your training profile or by contacting your leader.
- Company permits - Companies working in the Pilbara can travel on the rail access roads if the vehicle driver carries a copy of a company permit, they have a completed the online training, and the vehicle is registered and roadworthy. The permit does not cover sub-contractors unless specific arrangements have been made. Company permits are valid for 12 months.
Infringements will be issued for any persons who breach the safety requirements of the rail access roads. An initial breach will result in a formal notification and any subsequent breach may result in access being denied and your permit withdrawn.
For current road conditions contact our recorded information service on (08) 9143 6464.
LOOK. LISTEN. LIVE. A rail safety message which urges the community to be aware of oncoming trains around rail crossings.
Our three shipping terminals at two locations (Cape Lambert and Dampier) are managed as a single port system. Each terminal has facilities for train unloading, product stockpiling and blending and ship loading.
Parker Point (Dampier)
|Assets||Two car dumpers, four shipping berths and two ship loaders|
|Ownership||100 per cent Rio Tinto owned|
East Intercourse Island (Dampier)
|Assets||One car dumper, one berth and one ship loader|
|Ownership||100 per cent Rio Tinto|
|Assets||Two car dumpers, four shipping berths and two ship loaders|
|Ownership||Joint venture between Rio Tinto 53 per cent, Mitsui 33 per cent, Nippon Steel 10.5 per cent|
We hold six pastoral stations in the Pilbara - Karratha, Hamersley, Rocklea, Juna, Yalleen and Yarraloola. Property management strategies for each station encompass all company policies with emphasis on safety, rangeland management, local heritage values and natural resource conservation. Karratha, Hamersley, Rocklea and Juna are owned by Hamersley Iron; Yarraloola is owned by the Robe River Iron Associates joint venture through the Yarraloola Pastoral Company, all of which we manage. Yalleen is owned by Robe River Iron Associates and sub-leased to Williambury Station (WA) Pty Ltd.
We hold pastoral leases principally for strategic access for exploration, infrastructure development, water management and future mining and production, and operate them as functioning grazing leases. The stations are managed as operational pastoral properties under the Land Administration Act, Western Australia. The stations run about 24,000 head of cattle.
Our first agriculture project commenced in 2012 and comprises 17 centre pivot irrigators. Known as Hamersley Agricultural Project, it represents an innovative use for excess water from nearby Marandoo mine as it is developed below the water table. This requires a long-term dewatering program discharging up to 110 megalitres of water per day to allow mining to continue. The bulk of the water is used for irrigation. Sixteen pivots are sown with Rhodes grass and are currently producing substantial volumes of quality hay for use in the pastoral industry. One small pivot is being trialled for native seed production for mine site rehabilitation. The agriculture project is situated on Hamersley Station adjacent to Karijini National Park, is expected to produce approximately 25,000 tonnes of hay per year and will operate for roughly 20 years until the mine is eventually closed.
A second agricultural project on Hamersley Station is being planned for commencement in late 2013 to support the Nammuldi mine expansion.
Our iron ore operations span the Pilbara, including the towns of Dampier, Karratha, Pannawonica, Paraburdoo, Roebourne, Tom Price, Point Samson and Wickham.
Fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) provides choices for people -from the type of job they want, to the company they work for and importantly, where they live.
While FIFO workers come from a broad spectrum of ages, cultures, genders and family structures, they have at least one thing in common - they want the best for themselves and their families. When they are at work, they want to be productive and feel valued for their contribution. Away from work, they want to spend quality time with their loved ones and pursue their hobbies and interests. FIFO provides this opportunity.
Today, there are direct flights to our Pilbara operations from Albany, Broome, Busselton, Carnarvon, Derby, Exmouth, Geraldton, Meekatharra and Perth.
Our Brockman, Yandicoogina, Marandoo, Hope Downs and West Angelas iron ore operations in the Pilbara all offer a fly-in, fly-out roster.
We currently employ more than 12,000 employees in our business in Western Australia. In 2013 we welcomed 241 new graduates, of whom 28 per cent are women and 17 per cent from emerging regions. We also welcomed 87 apprentices; nine per cent are women and 16 per cent Indigenous.