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Rio Tinto Successful Rollout Of AutoHaul Positions WA As Global Rail Technology Leader

Mining News - Published on Tue, 18 Jun 2019

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Rio Tinto joined by representatives from the government of Western Australia and lead project technology partner Hitachi Rail STS to celebrate the successful deployment of AutoHaul™, the world’s first automated heavy-haul long distance rail network. AutoHaul™ trains, which deliver safety and productivity benefits for Rio Tinto’s iron ore business, have also firmly positioned Western Australia and its heavy-haul rail industry as a global leader in the joint development and application of rail technology. 2.4 kilometer long trains, monitored remotely from an operations centre in Perth, travel across a vast network of 1,700 kilometers of track, delivering iron ore from 16 mines to ports in Dampier and Cape Lambert. These trains have now safely travelled more than 4.5 million kilometers autonomously since they were first deployed last year.

This world-first was made possible by the close collaboration with project partners from Japan, US and Australia. These include Hitachi Rail, Calibre, New York Air Brake, Wabtec and others who provided the necessary expertise, innovation and software to make AutoHaul a success. Several of these partners maintain a strong presence in WA and have committed to continuing to invest locally.

Mr Ivan Vella, Rio Tinto Iron Ore managing director Rail, Port & Core Services, said that the deployment of AutoHaul™ is a reflection of the incredible pioneering spirit of the project team and its valued partners. The success of AutoHaul™ would not have been possible without the expertise, collaboration and dedication of teams within Rio Tinto and our numerous partners. I’d also like to commend our train driving workforce for their support and professionalism during the transition period.

Mr Vella said that “This project has cemented Western Australia as a leader in the heavy-haul rail industry and has attracted interest from around the world. The successful deployment of the world’s first heavy-haul long distance rail network demonstrates the potential for significant further improvement in such operations with others around the world looking to replicate.”

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Posted By : Sanju Moirangthem on Tue, 18 Jun 2019
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