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Rio Tinto expands Pilbara drilling fleet with Epiroc

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An Epiroc Pit Viper 271 and SmartROC D65, the drill rig models that Rio Tinto has ordered for use in Pilbara, Australia.

Epiroc, leading productivity and sustainability partner for the mining and infrastructure industries, has won a significant order from Rio Tinto for mining equipment to be used in the company’s iron ore mines in the Pilbara region in Australia. 

Rio Tinto, one of the world’s largest global mining companies, is operating a highly advanced integrated network of iron ore mines in Pilbara in Western Australia. The mining company has ordered several Pit Viper 271 and SmartROC D65 drill rigs.

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The PV-271 features a patented cable feed system with automatic tensioning for improved component life and low total cost of operation.The most productive drill available for rotary tricone and down the hole drilling of 171 mm to 270mm (6-3/4” to 10-5/8 ”) holes with up to 18 m (59 ft) clean hole single pass capability.

The SmartROC D65 is built to face the toughest of conditions. It’s loaded with intelligent features that will improve your operations, increase safety and boost productivity. This rig is constantly evolving since its introduction in order to ensure that your investment delivers increased production and profitability shift-after-shift.

The overall order exceeds MSEK 130 in value and was booked in the first quarter 2021.

“Rio Tinto is a long-standing customer of Epiroc that is highly focused on innovation and sustainability. Epiroc is proud to be able to support the company on its continuous journey toward higher productivity and optimal safety,” says Helena Hedblom, Epiroc’s President and CEO.

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AMSJ April 2022