Lang Hancock Rail Project

Rio Tinto

Pilbara Region, Western Australia, Australia

The Lang Hancock Rail Project involved construction of a 58km railway, engineered to transport 30Mtpa of bulk iron ore from the Hope Downs mine site to the West Angeles South operations spur line.

The project scope included:

  • 29km access road from Great Northern Highway to the Hope Downs load-out loop
  • Construction of a load-out loop at the mine, three sidings, and teal siding
  • Implementation of a rail signalling system, and
  • Construction of advanced warning lights, flashing lights and boom gates as required for major level crossings and railway crossings.

To provide the necessary accommodation for operating the mine and construction of the railway, a 352-bed permanent accommodation village and a 188-bed temporary construction camp with site offices and amenities were also constructed.

Delivering beyond expectations

The Lang Hancock Rail Project was completed ahead of time and under budget. In 2008, a Golden Gecko Certificate of Merit was awarded to the project for its achievements in environmental management. The project also achieved an exemplary safety record.