Construction jobs well underway
Rhomberg Rail Australia (RRA) is pleased to announce the successful start of its financial year 2013/14 (April-March) with several projects being undertaken by our staff and contractors across the country.
Despite several significant site-specific challenges, we have been able to demonstrate RRA’s expertise in rail construction, renewal and maintenance, to the market.
PERTH FREIGHT TERMINAL
RRA’s biggest construction project in WA, is the upgrade to increase capacity at Pacific National’s (PN) Perth Freight Terminal at Kewdale - one of the busiest intermodal terminals in Western Australia.
Asciano Services, as the parent company of PN, awarded RRA the contract for track construction contract for the Stage 2 works, incorporating the remodelling and upgrading of existing track, providing additional tracks and access paths to the rail yard. The yards will remain operational during works.
The project commenced in December 2012 with Richard Morgan appointed as RRA’s Project Manager and Bren Vamadevan as Senior Project Engineer.
We have worked closely with PN to ensure that overall effect on the yard is minimised during construction works and that all works are undertaken in a safe and efficient manner at the intermodal terminal.
The civil works are being undertaken by Georgiou Group and project managed by Appian Group.
Planned completion of the project is in October 2013, to ensure the terminal can be utilised at full capacity for the Christmas period.
Importantly, this major project provides RRA with the opportunity to expand our service offering in WA. Already, we have seen received a number of inquiries from potential new clients.
Further work in WA will be taking place, with RRA installing turnouts for Aurizon, in the remote Kalgoorlie mining region.
The project will allow RRA to utilise our new high-performance Unimat 08-275 3S Turnout Tamping Machine, recently imported from Europe and modified in Perth.
The Unimat enhances our existing fleet of rail maintenance machines.
PACIFIC NATIONAL KOORAGANG FUEL FACILITY
As a result of RRA’s “preferred rail contractor” status with PN in NSW, our Rail Structures team have been awarded the demolition works project of the existing fuel at PN’s coal export terminal at Kooragang Island, in Newcastle.
Dennis Bebber and his team took up the challenge to execute the job within a very tight time frame, working during traffic on adjacent rail lines.
As PN must hand over the site to ARTC by end of May, we faced back to back contractual liabilities in case of project delays.
Thanks to the solid preparation and best practice execution, our crews completed the job within 18 days well ahead of time – a commendable result for all.
On behalf of RRA’s Senior Management, we would like thank our Structures Team for again showing why RRA remains PN’s their rail contractor of choice.
CAVAL RIDGE CRANE RAIL INSTALLATION
BHP Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) is currently in development of a new coal mine at Caval Ridge located 180km west of Mackay, Queensland - part of an extension of an existing mine site (Peak Downs) in the Bowen Coal Basin.
RRA has been awarded a sub-contract by Monaldephous Engineering which has been engaged by Bechtel, the responsible contractor of the mine development.
These contractual relationships and the high formal standards in project management provide RRA with a challenging environment to meet the project objectives.
As this project is treated as a mine site, RRA’s crews’ preparation included the establishment of a Greenfield Union Agreement, several mine site specific training and verification of competencies. Our plant also needed to be modified to meet the site-specific requirements.
Headed by Project Manager Henrik Vocks and Supervisor Tony Lynch, RRA completed the first section in May 2013, demonstrating high quality track well within the required tolerances.