Flashbutt Welding Facility – Rio Tinto

FIRM Construction constructed Rio Tinto’s rail infrastructure services in Cape Lambert. This computerised flashbutt welding facility produces Australia’s longest rail strings (400m). Once these stock lengths are welded, 28 gantry cranes load them onto specialised rail carriages for distribution throughout Rio Tinto’s iron ore rail network. 


  • Type:
  • Value:
  • Location:
  • Rail
  • $44.3M
  • Cape Lambert, Pilbara region


Working with our technology partner RAILTECH Group, the team built a stationary plant to provide Rio Tinto with a custom-design solution with optimum production output (productivity level: 11 welds/hour). With its highly advanced and automated technology, this facility only requires six operators per shift. 

Installation of 28 Gantry Cranes


FIRM Construction completed several projects with Rio Tinto / Calibre

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