Hope Downs 4 Rail Project

Rio Tinto

Pilbara Region, Western Australia, Australia

Our team was engaged as engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) consultant to deliver a new train load-out loop and rail spur connecting into the existing Rio Tinto Rail Division network.

The new rail spur extends the existing Lang Hancock Railway from the Hope Downs 1 mine site to the new Hope Downs 4 mine site, traversing approximately 53km in distance.

The extension includes two 120m bridges (at Weeli Wolli and Coondiner Creeks) five level crossings, haul roads, rail formation earthworks, drainage and flood protection structures and a load-out loop at the Hope Downs mine.

Extensions to the existing signalling and asset protection systems were designed and installed including interfacing all communications and train control into the Rio Tinto owned and managed Remote Operations Centre.

Our engagement included provision of all design and engineering of the rail systems and rail infrastructure, project services including cost and schedule, contracts and procurement management and management of environmental, approvals, heritage and indigenous engagement.

The Hope Downs 4 Rail Project was successfully completed on time and budget, with an exemplary safety record.