Engineering, Environment and Sustainability, Freight Rail

WSP/Parsons team recognised for Roy Hill project

Roy Hill contractor WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff has raked in two awards in the space of a fortnight for its work on the rail line connecting the mega iron ore mine to Port Hedland, in WA’s Pilbara region.

The Gina Rinehart-owned Roy Hill mine, rail and port project exported first ore at the end of 2015.

WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, formed in 2014 when WSP Global acquired Parsons Brinckerhoff, was integral to the delivery of the 344 kilometre standard gauge railway from the minesite to the port.

Midway through May the team was successful at the 2016 Railway Technical Society of Australasia (RTSA) Awards, winning the RTSA Railway Project Award for the Roy Hill work.

“We are proud to have supported this complex and multifaceted project since 2013 and to have lent our global expertise to help Hancock Prospecting and Roy Hill Holdings deliver this project on time, on budget and to world-class standards,” WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff chief executive of Asia Pacific Guy Templeton said of the RTSA award.

“This award recognises the depth of talent and dedication of a highly-committed project and multi-disciplinary management team.”

The contractor followed up the RTSA win when the Roy Hill Project was given a Project Management Institute (PMI) Project of the Year Award this week.

“The Roy Hill team should be rightfully proud of this landmark project,” WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff’s managing director for property, environment and resources Andrew Mather commented.

“This project spans mining, rail, port, power, roads, buildings, water, telecommunications and other enabling infrastructure development – which requires a depth of global project management capabilities.”

Gina Rinehart’s Hancock Prospecting owns 70% of Roy Hill, while Posco (12.5%) is joined by fellow minority stakeholders including Japan’s Marubeni  (15%) and China Steel Corp (2.5%).