Parsons Brinckerhoff bags $10bn Aussie mine rail

Firm set to develop 344km heavy haul railway, ore and port facilities

An existing rail in Port Hedland, Western Australia
An existing rail in Port Hedland, Western Australia

Parsons Brinckerhoff, a part of Balfour Beatty, has won a contract to manage a $10.22bn iron ore pit-to-port project in Pilbara region of Western Australia.

The project involves development of a new 344km heavy haul railway to link the mine and port, with new ore handling facilities, an ore stockyard, and two berths developed at Port Hedland.

Mark Dimmock, MD of Parsons Brinckerhoff Global Mining, said that the project spearheads the development of a new generation of integrated iron ore mining, rail and port operations.

Parsons Brinckerhoff will be providing project management consultant (PMC) services to client Roy Hill Holdings Pty Limited throughout the execution phase of the project in a contract running until 2015.

Roy Hill has already commenced initial works, including port dredging, internal mine roads, a 2.5km sealed airstrip, as well as several construction accommodation village with a total of 4,600 beds.

The overall project is still currently in its due diligence process, and the final debt financing for the project is still yet to be secured, but approvals are set to be in place by mid-2013.

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