Flashbutt Welding Facility – Rio Tinto

Contract value: $44.3M | Location: Cape Lambert, Pilbara region

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. 

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

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