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Weir wins record £100mn mining order in Australia

Outback highway, Pilbara, Western Australia. Image Darkydoors/
Outback highway, Pilbara, Western Australia. Image Darkydoors/

The Weir Group has won a £100 million order to provide mining equipment, including pumps, for the Iron Bridge Magnetite Project in Western Australia.

Weir says that the order, which includes Enduron® high pressure grinding rolls and GEHO® pumps, will reduce energy consumption and wet tailings waste by more than 30% compared to traditional mining technologies.

The Iron Bridge Magnetite Project is a joint venture between Fortescue Metals Group Ltd subsidiary FMG Magnetite Pty Ltd and Formosa Steel IB Pty Ltd. Delivery of the first ore is expected in 2022.

“We are delighted to have secured this landmark contract, which is Weir’s largest-ever individual mining order,” said Weir Group CEO Jon Stanton. “Fortescue challenged us to help create one of the most energy and cost-efficient magnetite ore processing facilities in the world. Our engineers have worked relentlessly to design a solution that is truly innovative – delivering significant energy, water and cost savings.”