Leading Australia mining company chooses TETRA and Sepura
Fortescue Metals Group (Fortescue), one of the world’s leading producers of iron ore from
Australia, has selected TETRA for its Pilbara mines in Western Australia. The new
communication system comprises DAMM infrastructure and Sepura hand-held and mobile
terminals. This prestigious win was achieved by Radlink, Sepura’s valued channel partner in
Fortescue was founded in 2003 and in a few short years has become one of the world’s
largest producers of iron ore. The construction of Fortescue’s mine, rail and port facilities
commenced in February 2006 and by late 2008 operations were underway at the company’s
Cloudbreak mine, with over 15 million tonnes of Fortescue iron ore exported to China. Since
then, mining and processing at Cloudbreak has increased to more than 100,000 tonnes of
ore each day. Fortescue has subsequently established a second mine at Christmas Creek,
located 50 kilometres east of Cloudbreak and extended its 256 kilometre rail line through to
Christmas Creek and a second ore processing facility constructed at the site.
With the construction of Fortescue’s second mine, and plans for the development of further
sites, Fortescue needed an advanced communication system capable of meeting the
growing needs of the company; they chose TETRA after extensive evaluation of a variety of
Sepura terminals were selected because of their robustness and versatility. In particular,
users were impressed with the radios’ emergency features and exceptional audio quality,
which are vital features for operatives in the mining sectors who often need to work in
isolation in very challenging environments and terrains. To date Sepura has delivered more
than 800 mobiles and 500 hand-held terminals to Fortescue for use at their Christmas Creek
and Solomon mines and their port facility.
“This is a significant win for TETRA and Sepura, as this unique installation – covering
multiple mine sites and a port facility – will be the largest single mining TETRA network in
Australia.” said Scott Manson from Radlink.
Doug Bowden, Senior Business Development Manager for Sepura added:”This is a
tremendous success for Sepura and a fantastic opportunity for us to showcase our terminals
in one of the harshest environments whilst also providing us with a remarkable reference site.
With the substantial and progressive growth of the mining and petrochemical industries in
Australia right now, we believe this project will pave the way for many more similar
opportunities for TETRA and Sepura in Australia and the rest of the world.”
Rosanna Norman, Sepura plc
Tel: +44 (0) 1223 877283