The AU$257m (£151m) rail construction, track works and infrastructure sub-contract awarded to John Holland by Samsung C&T will traverse through remote terrain from the Roy Hill mine site to Port Hedland.
Leighton Holdings chief executive officer, Hamish Tyrwhitt, said that the contract award evidences the diversity of the Leighton Group, combining skills in managing operations in remote locations and in the provision of infrastructure and rail operations. “We are proud to be involved in such a major undertaking for Western Australia. Roy Hill is a critical project for the state, and a strong indication that the nation is moving to close its infrastructure deficit and improve productivity,” he said.
John Holland group managing director Glenn Palin said that by winning the project against national and international competition, John Holland had once again demonstrated its key strength in rail. “John Holland has been a market leader in rail construction in Australia for over 30 years, with approximately $3b of rail-related projects in hand,” he said.
The two-year, construct only project, is planned to begin on site in October. At the peak of site works the project workforce is expected to reach 270 people. John Holland’s contract involves track works to the main line, marshalling yard, mine loading loop, port loading loop, wayside loops and spurs and construction yard. The contract also involves construction of a logistics yard and ballast yards.