May 26, 2015

Flash Butt Welding Facility

The $18M construction project included civil works, concrete footings and construction of amenities, control rooms and operational facilities. The 750 m long site commenced in June 2011 and was completed in August 2012.

This computerised facility produces Australia’s longest rail strings at 400m. Automated unloading of stock lengths are stacked and fed into the welding plant. Once welded into the longer lengths, 28 gantry cranes load them onto specialised rail carriages for distribution throughout the Riotinto Iron Ore rail network.