Ansaldo's subsidiary Ansaldo STS Australia has secured a €118m contract to the deliver satellite positioning-based train control and protection system for the 342km rail line, which is planned to be built as part of the Roy Hill iron ore mining project in Western Australia.
Under the two year contract, Ansaldo STS Australia will supply the train communication system for the first two phases of a staged signalling and communications system on the heavy-haul rail line, linking the mine site to Port Hedland.
The system also includes voice-based and integrated electronic train order systems, centralised interlocking and automatic train protection (ATP) with satellite-based location determination. It also includes communication-based Hi Rail and track machine protection systems, using digital communications.
Roy Hill is a multibillion dollar development majority owned by Rinehart's Hancock Prospecting. Spokesperson Darryl Hockey told wabusinessnews.com that the signalling system involves centralised routing and automatic train protection with satellite positioning, setting a benchmark for railway signalling system.
"The communication solution offers major advantages in terms of increased logistical efficiency and safety of our project, and enables Roy Hill to integrate upgrade to fully automated heavy-haul operations if required in the future," Hockey told.
The mining project is expected to have an annual iron ore output of 55 million tonnes and scheduled to begin operation 2014.