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Weir wins £95mn mining aftermarket order in Australia

Enduron high pressure grinding rolls.
Enduron high pressure grinding rolls.

The Weir Group has secured a £95 million order to provide aftermarket components and service to the Iron Bridge magnetite project in Western Australia.

This aftermarket contract follows a record £100 million order that Weir won in 2019 for original equipment for the Iron Bridge project, including its Enduron High Pressure Grinding Rolls (HPGRs) that enable dry processing of ore.

"This is another landmark order for Weir," said Ricardo Garib, president of Weir Minerals. “Having helped design an energy and water efficient magnetite processing plant, we are delighted to provide operational support for Iron Bridge from 2022.”

"This is an important project for Weir and for the broader mining industry,” said Stuart Hayton, managing director of Weir Minerals Netherlands, where the Enduron HPGRs are designed and manufactured. "We know comminution is one of the most energy intensive parts of the mineral process and with our Enduron HPGRs we have a unique ability to offer significant cost, energy and water savings to customers around the world."

With this latest contract, Weir has now secured more than £200 million of orders from the Iron Bridge Project includin Enduron HPGRs, GEHO and Warman pumps, Cavex Hydrcyclones and Isogate valves.

The Iron Bridge magnetite project is a US$2.6 billion joint venture between Fortescue Metals Group’s subsidiary FMG Magnetite Pty Ltd and Formosa Steel IB Pty Ltd. It is located in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, around 145 km south of Port Hedland.

To support the project and future growth, Weir is planning to build a new service centre in Port Hedland. The company says that this will provide employment and training opportunities in the area, with an emphasis on supporting greater Aboriginal representation in the broader mining workforce.