The contract comes after a $140m contract for the first phase of the S11D project to install automation and electrical equipment for the process plant and commission the primary transmission substation.

Under the latest deal, ABB will supply a 230,000v in-feed substation, to connect the mine to the electricity grid and 42 secondary substations. The company will also provide motors driving the mine’s conveyor belts.

It will extend the electrification system at the mine to the excavators, stackers, reclaimers and conveyor-belt system.

ABB Process Automation division head Veli-Matti Reinikkala said: "Cross-divisional collaboration on this project is enabling tight power and automation integration, a key differentiator for ABB."

The S11D Carajás deposit is expected to produce 90 million tons a year at its peak production capacity.