Fluor's contract with Rio Tinto is among the longest running in the company's 100-year history. With employees and contracted workers, Fluor has converted the railway from wood to concrete sleepers (or ties) to improve durability, and has designed and built approximately 400 kilometers of new track. Since increased traffic was making passing of trains inefficient, parallel tracks for two-way travel were also added.
Other upgrades have improved safety and efficiencies at crossings, turnouts, and bridges. In the process, Fluor has developed state-of-the-art expertise in railway services, earned a reputation for excellent safety and quality, and increased the number of workers to meet Client needs.
Over the course of the years, Fluor began identifying ways to improve service and add more value to Rio Tinto. Fluor responded by establishing a dedicated re-rail team of people with a broad range of skills and a distinctive depth of experience and knowledge in improving network reliability.
A training program for new workers enabled them to progress from basic to high levels of skills in track work. With a combination of staff and craft, and a number of subcontractors, Fluor commenced a five-year initiative to repair and upgrade the most worn sections of the railway.
Enhanced maintenance was only part of the overall plan for this railway system, which sprawls over an almost 10,000-square-kilometer area. A Fluor construction contingent continued to address the Client's needs for additional track, and an equipment maintenance crew had oversight of the array of machinery used to build and maintain the railway.
Fluor and Rio Tinto executives together established key objectives for extending and further enriching the longstanding relationship.