about pilbara about pilbara. our pilbara operations – including a world-class integrated network of 16 iron ore mines four independent port terminals a 1700 kilometre rail network and related infrastructure – are designed to respond rapidly to changes in demand supported by our operations centre in perth.rio tinto halts driverless train project zdnetthe project which was announced in june 2008 was intended to help the company transport iron ore across 1300km worth of track in wa's pilbara.
following the opening up (by the wa government) of the pilbara region for mining in the 1960s four companies began to mine and export the iron ore. because of the distances from the mines to the sea ports railways were built as the most economical method to transport the ore.iron ore mining in western australia - wikipediathe bulk of iron ore production in western australia comes from the pilbara region of the state. a number of mines however are also located in the mid west and kimberley regions as well as in the wheatbelt.. the big two producers rio tinto and bhp billiton accounted for 90 percent of all iron ore production in the state in 2008-09 with the third-biggest producer being the fortescue metals group.
in 2011 leading pilbara-based iron ore miners—rio tinto bhp billiton and fortescue metals group (fmg)—all announced significant capital investment in the development of existing and new mines and associated infrastructure (rail and port). collectively this would amount to the production of 1000 million tonnes per year (mt/y) by 2020.rio tinto invests au$10.5m for wa uni's mining tech zdnetrio tinto invests au$10.5m for wa uni's mining tech. rio tinto is upping its investment in mining technology by entering into an au$10.5 million partnership with curtin university of technology in
pilbara iron is a wholly owned subsidiary of the multinational rio tinto group that manages assets for hamersley iron pty ltd a wholly owned subsidiary of rio tinto and robe river iron associates an unincorporated joint venture between rio (53% and operator since 2000) and three japanese steel companies mitsui iron ore development p/l (33%) nippon steel australia p/l (10.5%) and sumitomo pilbara - wikipediairon ore. most of australia's iron ore is mined in the pilbara with mines mostly centred around tom price and newman. the iron ore industry employs 9000 people from the pilbara area. the pilbara also has one of the world's major manganese mines woodie woodie situated 400 kilometres (250 mi) southeast of port hedland.