CHRISTMAS CREEK RAIL EXTENSION
Fortescue Metals Group
Christmas Creek Rail Extension
300 kilometres south of Port Hedland, Western Australia
This project commenced in June 2008 but was suspended by Fortescue due to the Global Financial Crisis in November 2008 and recommenced in January 2010.
The works consisted of 44 kilometres of rail earthworks together with associated drainage, road deviation and bridge underpass works between the Cloudbreak and Christmas Creek mine sites.
Working through difficult terrain, NRW’s scope included rail embankment construction, access roads, reinforced earth walls, a steel girder bridge with a cast in-situ bridge deck, rail crossing and signal pads and construction of a fuel unloading rail spur.
Portions of the works were carried out adjacent to live rail, an operational haul road and heritage sites which required sensitive drill and blast.
Works were completed without disruption to Fortescue’s critical ore movements.