The contract is part of Rio Tinto’s investment in power and fuel supply projects to enhance existing and future expansion of iron ore production capacity.
As per the contract, KBR’s minerals division will provide engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) services to install fuel assets and storage in five locations: port facilities at Cape Lambert and Dampier, mines at Brockman and West Angelas and a maintenance yard located near Dampier. The infrastructure will help provide certainty in meeting Rio Tinto’s fuel requirements.
Once the project is complete, Rio Tinto’s fuel network in the Pilbara region will use the company’s rail network to transport diesel to hubs for storage and further distribution to mines and power generation facilities. This will reduce the requirement for road trains to transport fuel on public roads from Port Hedland, 400 km to the north.
Mark Read, president of KBR Minerals, said: "KBR is glad to have this opportunity to expand our support to an important customer. We will draw on our global network of people to provide the resources to complete this project, which will be an integral part of Rio Tinto’s 333 expansion program."
KBR will leverage its national network of resources to deliver the project, with project management services supplied from Western Australia and engineering services from the Adelaide engineering operations center.
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