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Rio Tinto selects GE's areoderivative gas turbines to expand mining in Australia

16 Jul 2013

Rio Tinto has selected GE's aeroderivative gas turbines to power the expansion of mining operations at two sites in the remote Pilbara region of Western Australia.

Keen to expand the capacity of its Pilbara operations from its current 237 million tonnes per annum to up to 360 million tonnes per annum in 2015, Rio Tinto is implementing Australia's largest-ever, integrated mining project.

At its West Angelas iron ore mine, Rio Tinto will install GE's LM6000-PF Sprint aeroderivative gas turbine with dual-fuel dry low emissions technology at a new on-site power plant.

At Cape Lambert, a seaport used for exporting iron ore from the company's Pilbara mines, GE will furthermore use GE gas and steam turbines for a new combined-cycle power station that will improve off-grid power generation.