CM – Rio chooses battery power to power Pilbara ore trains


Rio Tinto has ordered four battery-powered trains to transport its iron ore wagons across Australia in order to reduce its CO2 emissions.

The Anglo-Australian mining company announced that it will start testing the locomotives in the Pilbara region in 2024 to cut its operating emissions in half by 2030.

Rio currently operates 220 diesel locomotives on a 1,500 km rail network in the Pilbara, hauling the company’s iron ore routes of up to 450 km from the mines to the port.

The giant iron ore trains themselves are typically 1.5 miles long and need three diesel locomotives to pull them.

Rio has ordered four battery-electric locomotives from the American Wabtec Corporation, which should start production in 2023


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