World’s leading miner Rio Tinto has delivered first ore from the Gudai-Darri iron ore mine as the company brings online its first greenfield mine in the Pilbara in Western Australia in more than a decade. Gudai-Darri will help underpin future production of the company’s flagship Pilbara Blend product. The first autonomous AutoHaul trains loaded with ore from Gudai-Darri’s process plant have travelled the new 166 kilometers rail line that connects to Rio Tinto’s existing rail and port infrastructure. Production from the mine will continue to ramp up through the remainder of this year and is expected to reach full capacity during 2023.Since ground was broken in April 2019, more than 14 million work hours have resulted in the movement of over 20 million cubic meters of earth, batching and placement of 35,000 cubic meters of concrete and the installation of 10,000 tonnes of steel.With an expected life of more than 40 years and an annual capacity of 43 million tonnes, Gudai-Darri will underpin future production of Pilbara Blend ™ product. A feasibility study to support an expansion of this new hub is also progressing.The mine’s commissioning and ramp-up is expected to increase Rio Tinto’s iron ore production volumes and improve product mix from the Pilbara in the second half of this year. Full year shipments guidance for 2022 remains at 320 to 335 million tonnes subject to risks around the ramp up of new mines, weather and management of cultural heritage. The capital cost for the mine is estimated to be USD 3.1 billion. As disclosed in February, the company’s replacement projects in the Pilbara, including Gudai-Darri, were subject to potential capital increases of approximately 15% due to ongoing COVID 19 restrictions, including labour access and supply chain quality issues. Group capital expenditure guidance for 2022 is unchanged at around USD 8 billion.