Our iron ore operations in the Pilbara have a current annual capacity of 237 million tonnes, with advanced plans to increase capacity to 290 million tonnes by 2013, on a pathway to 360 million tonnes by 2015. With a network of 14 mines, three shipping terminals and the largest privately owned heavy freight rail network in Australia, our Pilbara operations make up a major part of our iron ore activities globally. Our operations began in 1966 and are well positioned to meet the growing needs of the world's iron and steel industry.
In the Pilbara, we wholly own Hamersley Iron's eight mines and also operate the Hope Downs mine (50:50 joint venture between Rio Tinto and Hancock Prospecting Pty Limited), the Channar mine (Rio Tinto: 60 per cent) and the Eastern Range mine (Rio Tinto: 54 per cent). Our iron ore operations in the Pilbara also include a 53 per cent interest in Robe River Iron Associates' three mines: Mesa J, Mesa A/Warramboo and West Angelas.
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Rio Tinto is a world-class asset manager, operating and maintaining all mining, rail, power and port facilities in the Pilbara on behalf of asset owners Hamersley Iron (Rio Tinto: 100 per cent) and Robe River (Rio Tinto: 53 per cent).
Our Rail division operates a single integrated rail network on behalf of Hamersley Iron and Robe River.
Our port facilities are located at Dampier and Cape Lambert.
We own and operate a range of major infrastructure in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.
We hold six pastoral stations in the Pilbara - Karratha, Hamersley, Rocklea, Juna, Yalleen and Yarraloola, and self-manage five.
The geology of the Pilbara region is characterised by late Archaean and early Proterozoic rock formations known as the 'Hamersley Group', which contains several large units of Banded Iron Formation.
Rio Tinto has been at the forefront of sustained innovation and growth in the Pilbara region for more than forty years.