Epiroc 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 of Western Australia.
The global miner has ordered several Pit Viper 271 and SmartROC D65 drill rigs, valued at more than SEK130 million. The order 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,” said Helena Hedblom, Epiroc president and CEO.
The Pit Viper 271 and SmartROC D65 rigs are loaded with intelligent features and built to face the toughest of conditions. The Pit Viper is the most productive drill available for rotary tricone and down the hole drilling of 171- to 270-mm holes with up to 18 metres clean hole single pass capability, according to the manufacturer.
The efficient SmartROC D65 is a down the hole surface drill rig that is loaded with smart features such as automated drilling and rod handling. The automation-ready platform also includes an Auto Feed Fold option.