June 30, 2022
Rio Tinto, one of the world’s largest mining companies, has ordered several Epiroc Pit Viper 271 drill rigs that will be retrofitted by Rio Tinto with autonomous capabilities, as well as SmartROC D65 drill rigs that also are loaded with intelligent features. They will be used in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, where Rio Tinto is operating a highly advanced integrated network of iron ore mines.
The order exceeds MSEK 150 in value and was booked in the second quarter 2022. It follows a large order by Rio Tinto in the first quarter 2022 for Pit Viper 271s. Also, in 2021, Rio Tinto placed a large order for Pit Viper 271 and SmartROC D65 rigs, also for iron ore mines in Pilbara.
“Epiroc and Rio Tinto have a long-standing partnership focused on optimizing safety and productivity through cutting-edge innovation,” says Epiroc President and CEO Helena Hedblom.
The Pit Viper 271 and SmartROC D65 drill rigs, manufactured in Texas, United States, and Örebro, Sweden, respectively, are built to face the toughest conditions and will come installed with Epiroc’s Rig Control System, RCS, making them ready for automation and remote control.
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Epiroc is a vital part of a sustainable society and a global productivity partner for mining and infrastructure customers. With ground-breaking technology, Epiroc develops and provides innovative and safe equipment, such as drill rigs, rock excavation and construction equipment and tools for surface and underground applications. The company also offers world-class service and other aftermarket support as well as solutions for automation, digitalization and electrification. Epiroc is based in Stockholm, Sweden, had revenues of SEK 40 billion in 2021, and has more than 15 500 passionate employees supporting and collaborating with customers in more than 150 countries. Learn more at www.epirocgroup.com.