AECOM is part of the team providing engineering services for the Simandou Iron Ore project, the largest integrated mine and infrastructure project ever initiated in Africa. The project includes the construction of a new 670-kilometre heavy freight rail line to transport iron ore shipments from Guinea’s Simandou Mountain range to the coastal city of Conakry, where a deep sea port is planned. The mine capacity is projected at 95 million tons of iron ore per year. Developing Guinea’s massive iron ore resources has the potential to transform the West African county into the world’s third largest producer after Australia and Brazil.

Before the first iron ore can be shipped, a complete pit-to-port solution, consisting of a mine, rail, port, and associated infrastructure, needs to be designed and constructed.

AECOM, as part of the team of experts building the large and complex project, is working with the prime consultant to provide engineering services to Rio Tinto, the project owner. AECOM is providing expertise on railway design and port design, leading the design for the trans-Guinean railway, which includes:

  • 650 kilometers of single-track, heavy- haul railway
  • 26 kilometers of tunnels going through the Mamou and Simandou Ranges
  • Over 40 rail and road bridges and approximately 1,000 major culverts
  • Signals and train control systems, European Rail Traffic Management Train Control System Level 2 with TETRA
  • Rolling stock of approximately 90 locomotives and approximately 3,600 rail cars
  • Rail yards
  • Maintenance facilities
  • Staff facilities
  • A control center