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Rio Tinto Resolution Copper

Client:          Rio Tinto

Location:     Superior, Arizona, USA

Status:         Completed 2013


Project Scope

The Resolution Copper Project is located in Superior, Arizona in the United States. It hosts one of the world’s largest untapped copper resources. The mine will make use of block-cave mining to extract ore.

RSV USA has been involved with the project from the onset. Work thus far have included:

  • Detailed design and project management for the no. 9 Dewatering and no. 10 Shaft Project
    • Design of the 10 Shaft headframe and shaft sinking hoisting plant
    • Design of the 9 Shaft pipe support system for the deep-well dewatering pumps
  • Pre-feasibility studies for the proposed block cave shaft hoisting, ore handling, dewatering, shaft infrastructure, electrical power supply and distribution, ventilation and refrigeration, surface and underground services
  • Detailed design of the ventilation and refrigeration for no. 9 and no. 10 Shaft
  • Design and development of safety protectice devices for the wire line system on a longhole surface exploration drill rig
  • Specialist engineering consulting services provided for the no. 10 Shaft Dewatering System


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