Samsung C&T

Roy Hill Rail

Pilbara, Western Australia



The Roy Hill Rail Project, NRW’s largest civil Project to date, consisted of approximately 330 kilometres of heavy haul rail formation and drainage between the Roy Hill Mine site and Port Hedland.

Together with sidings, level crossing and associated works, the overall materials moved was approximately 10.5 million cubic metres, of which over three million cubic metres was rock. The scope also included in excess of 36 kilometres of culverts.

In order to reach maximum efficiencies on the project, NRW separated the works into five sections – Section 1 commenced in Port Hedland and Section 5 finished at the Roy Hill Mine – with each managed and resourced independently. Each section, located approximately 70 kilometres long, had its own camp and section managers.

Preliminary construction commenced in October 2013 and the project was completed in April 2015. At its peak, the project employed a workforce of up to 1,650 personnel and utilised approximately 800 items of plant.

Prior to award of the Roy Hill Rail Project, NRW carried out earthworks on Fortescue’s Rail which runs parallel to the Roy Hill Rail Project. Our experience and understanding of the materials and terrain on that project put us in a position where we were able to add value to our client.