none

RAILWAY AUTOMATION RECEIVES FINAL REGULATORY CLEARANCE

24-05-2018
by 
in 

Rio Tinto has announced that Australia’s Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator has approved the autonomous operation of trains at its iron ore businesses in WA.

After several years of regulatory hurdles, delays, and slowly increasing coverage of its automated haulage network of freight trains and trucks, the NRSR clearance allows Rio Tinto to fully deploy its AutoHaul project.

Rio said the accreditation will enable the complete roll out of its AutoHaul project by the year’s end, with the company taking a staged approach to deploying autonomous trains across the network in the lead up to full commissioning.

“Once commissioned, the network will be the world’s first heavy haul, long distance autonomous rail operation, unlocking significant safety and productivity benefits for the business,” the company said in a statement.

Operating at full capacity and capability, the AutoHaul project could cut up to 20 per cent off the time required to carry iron ore from the company's Western Australian mines to port.

The AutoHaul project was launched in early 2017, when the giant miner started running trains in autonomous mode with a driver onboard monitoring operations.

By the end of the first quarter in 2018, about 65% of all train kilometres were completed in autonomous mode, transporting ore from 16 mines to four port terminals.

Rio Tinto operates around 200 locomotives across more than 1700km of track in the Pilbara, and has run automated trains for more than 3 million kilometres in total.

Related news & editorials

  1. 22.09.2021
    22.09.2021
    by      In
    The Northern Territory (NT) Government in partnership with the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre (AMGC) has opened applications to the total $7.5 million Advanced Manufacturing Ecosystem Fund (AMEF) as appreciation for local manufacturing rises in the Territory.
    The Fund delivers on the... Read More
  2. 22.09.2021
    22.09.2021
    by      In
    Towns split by interstate borders are used to living as one community so industries and businesses on the border face unique challenges.
    Therefore, The Victorian Government will deploy a team of locally based ‘Border Brokers’ to support industries and businesses impacted by restrictions on Victoria... Read More
  3. 22.09.2021
    22.09.2021
    by      In
    Popular snack foods; Kettle Chips, Thins, Cheezels and CC’s could soon be manufactured in a new premises in the Western suburbs.
    A $222 million development proposal could see the Snack Brands Australia warehouse and distribution centre on Distribution Drive in Orchard Hills expanded to include food... Read More
  4. 20.09.2021
    20.09.2021
    by      In
    Boeing and RMIT are joining forces in an exciting collaboration to develop local solutions for the manufacturing of space equipment.
    “Australia’s burgeoning space sector requires the production of complex, low volume, bespoke components not suited to conventional manufacturing techniques,” Boeing... Read More
Products
Suppliers