In the Pilbara region of Western Australia, we own an integrated portfolio of iron ore assets: a world-class, integrated network of 16 mines

Iron Ore








30% FIFO

Live in Regional WA

2019 figures. Employees includes temporary employees and 100% of Joint Venture operations. 11.9% of residential workforce from Indigenous groups. 30% of our Fly In, Fly Out (FIFO) workforce live in regional Western Australia.

The Pilbara, Western AustraliA

In the Pilbara region of Western Australia, we own an integrated portfolio of iron ore assets: a world-class, integrated network of 16 mines, four independent port terminals, a 1,700 kilometre rail network and related infrastructure – all designed to respond rapidly to changes in demand. We are one of the world’s leading producers and exporters of iron ore.

  • Employees on site at the Pilbara
    Our Pilbara Mines
    Tom Price, Paraburdoo, Channar, Eastern Range, Marandoo, Brockman 2, Brockman 4, Nammuldi, Western Turner Syncline, Silvergrass, West Angelas, Hope Downs 1, Hope Downs 4, Yandicoogina, Robe Valley (Mesa A), Robe Valley (Mesa J).
  • Cape Lambert port, Pilbara
    Four independent shipping terminals at two locations, Cape Lambert and Dampier, managed as a single port system.
  • AutoHaul train, Pilbara
    Rail Network
    The largest privately-owned and operated rail system in Australia, including the world’s first automated heavy-haul rail network, AutoHaul™. Services 16 mines via mainline systems of more than 1,700 kilometres.
  • Paraburdoo power plant, Pilbara
    Power Plants
    Four power plants; Paraburdoo, Yurralyi Maya, West Angelas and Cape Lambert power stations.

Innovation at Pilbara

Our integrated iron ore network is supported by our Operations Centre in Perth, a state-of-the-art facility that enables all the autonomous trucks, trains and drills at our mines, ports and rail systems to be operated from a single location. The Centre incorporates visualisation and collaboration tools to provide real-time information across our demand chain and allows us to optimise our mining, maintenance and logistic activities across the Pilbara in a way never before possible.

In 2019, we launched the world’s first automated heavy-haul rail network – named AutoHaul™ – capable of moving about one million tonnes of iron ore a day. AutoHaul™ improves safety by reducing risk at level crossings and through automated responses to speed restrictions and alarms, eliminating the need to transport drivers to and from trains mid-journey, which in turn saves almost 1.5 million kilometres of road travel every year. It also improves cycle times by using information about network topography to calculate and deliver a safe, consistent driving strategy.

AutoHaul train, Pilbara

About one-third of our haul truck fleet across our Pilbara sites is also autonomous. These trucks, which use pre-defined GPS courses to automatically navigate haul roads and intersections, and which continuously track actual locations, speeds and directions of other vehicles, allow us to move more material, more efficiently and safely, increasing productivity.

We are a global industry leader in autonomous haulage and are the only organisation in the world to operate two different Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) Autonomous Haulage Systems (AHS).

We also continue to expand our Autonomous Drilling System (ADS), now with a fleet of 26 production drills across seven sites including the recent deployment of an additional three production drills at Hope Downs 4. ADS allows us to monitor multiple drills from different manufacturers across multiple sites from a single remote drill console in Perth.

Latest Pilbara Releases

16 February 2020

Rio Tinto to build first solar plant in Western Australia to power iron ore mine

MELBOURNE, Australia--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Rio Tinto has approved a $98 million (100 per cent basis) investment in a new solar plant at the Koodaideri mine in the Pilbara, Australia, as well as a lithium-ion battery energy storage system to help power its entire Pilbara power network. The 34 megawatt solar photovoltaic plant is expected to supply all of Koodaideri’s electricity demand during pea

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12 January 2020

Rio Tinto awards A$400 million mine construction contract to WA business

Rio Tinto has awarded Perth-based company Mondium a contract valued at approximately A$400 million for the design and construction of the Western Turner Syncline Phase 2 (WTS2) mine in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.Mondium will undertake all engineering and design, procurement and site construction works associated with the WTS2 development, including the process plant, overland conveyor

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07 January 2020

Rio Tinto and Shire of Ashburton to build state-of-the-art childcare centre in Tom Price

PERTH, Australia -- Rio Tinto will commit funds to develop a new state-of-the-art childcare centre in Tom Price, in partnership with the Shire of Ashburton. The proposed facility will have capacity for 96 children and is projected to be open in 2021. It will provide both day care and after-school care facilities, a significant boost for local working families. Rio Tinto’s planned contribution, of

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Haul truck on site


We are continually investing in our operations in the Pilbara, introducing next generation technologies that can deliver greater efficiency, lower production costs and improved health, safety and environmental performance.

In 2018, the Rio Tinto board approved $2.6 billion in funding for Koodaideri, set to be our most technologically advanced mine, as well as a high-quality, long-life, low-cost and expandable asset. For the very first time, we will leverage technology already in use across our business, such as autonomous trucks, trains and drills, and implement systems that connect all components of the mining value chain.

When fully operational, in its first phase Koodaideri will produce up to 43 million tonnes of iron ore a year, contributing to our flagship product, the Pilbara Blend™. It will also become a new production hub for our iron ore business, incorporating a processing plant and infrastructure including a 166-kilometre rail line connecting the mine to our existing network.

Koodaideri will also create jobs and business opportunities in Western Australia, including for Traditional Owners and Indigenous people. The construction phase will create over 2,000 jobs; when operational, we expect the mine to employ about 600 people.

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