Rio Tinto AutoHaul Project

Project Overview

The Auto Haul Project is being constructed under the 2010 Rio Tinto - Ansaldo-STS Framework Agreement (RAFA), due for completion in the latter part of 2015. The project is a world first, fully autonomous, heavy haul long distance railway system, designed to enhance the rail haulage capacity for RTIO with an expected iron ore reach of 360 million tonnes per year.


Scope of Work
  • Wiring of signalling at load out loops and rail yard hand over points
  • Installation and upgrade of level crossings and signallingInstallation of supplied location cases
  • Civil works for trenching, pit and pipe and installation of bases and foundationsSolar installations and upgrades
  • LV Distribution systemsAssistance with points installations
  • Commissioning of completed works


The project consisted of multiple sub-set projects:

AutoHaul Wayside / value $12.65 million / March 2013 - Current

AutoHaul Nammuldi / value $850 000 / September 2014 - March 2015

Battery Load Testing / value $180 000 / February 2015 - Current



Ansaldo STS

Project Type

Electrical and Civil Installation

Contract Value

$13.5 million


March 2012 – Current

Project Location

Pilbara, Western Australia

Project Images

Head Office

Unit 1/5 Boag Road, Morley, Western Australia 6062

EC 009466

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