Rio Tinto has achieved the milestone of loading the first shipment of iron ore from its expanded port, rail and mine operations in Australia. This marks the commencement of commissioning of the expansion programme, which will see overall capacity for Rio Tinto's iron ore operations in Western Australia increase to 290 million tonnes a year. The 290 expansion project is scheduled for completion in Jul - Sep 2013. The Tai Shan, a Rio Tinto Marine-chartered Cape-size class vessel, has embarked from the new Cape Lambert B wharf carrying the first shipment, a cargo of 165,000 tonnes of Pilbara Blend fines. The shipment is bound for Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation's Kimitsu works in Japan. |
Rio Tinto Iron Ore chief executive Andrew Harding said "The 290 project is the largest integrated mining project in Australia. The delivery of 290 ahead of its original schedule and within budget is a testament to our focus on value-driven growth of our low-cost operations."
Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation and Mitsui & Co. financially contributed to the expansion project according to its interest.