Engineering and Construction Teams announced for Uinta Basin Railway Project
Rio Grande Pacific Corporation through its Rio Grande Pacific Group portfolio company Basin Railway Constructors, LLC announced it has selected the engineering and construction firms for the final engineering and construction of the Uinta Basin Railway, the 85-mile-long common-carrier railway that will provide the first-ever common-carrier railway service to north-eastern Utah’s Uinta Basin region.
Construction and operation of the Uinta Basin Railway project was authorized by the U.S. Surface Transportation Board on December 15, 2021. The railway will serve mineral, energy, agricultural, construction, and manufacturing industries in the Uinta Basin. The railway project was initiated by the Seven County Infrastructure Coalition, a political subdivision of the State of Utah, in 2018. The Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation is an equity partner in the railway.
Engineering and Construction firms that were selected are:
- AECOM will deliver final design of the railway exclusive of it tunnels. AECOM is the No. 1 engineering firm worldwide (in terms of revenue) per Engineering News-Record.
- Skanska-WW Clyde Joint Venture will deliver construction of the railway exclusive of its tunnels. Skanska is the No. 5 construction firm worldwide per Engineering News-Record. WW Clyde is the largest locally owned heavy civil contractor in the state of Utah and has constructed a substantial portion of Utah’s major transportation infrastructure since 1926.
- Obayashi Corporation will deliver final design and construction of the railway’s tunnels. Obayashi is the No. 15 construction firm worldwide per Engineering News-Record and is globally recognized for tunnelling expertise.
Rio Grande Pacific Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Richard Bertel stated: “We are pleased to award engineering and construction of the Uinta Basin Railway project to AECOM, Skanska-Clyde, and Obayashi. Numerous qualified and technically proficient engineering and construction firms, including most of the major firms in the U.S., pursued the Uinta Basin Railway project, and provided to us high-quality and creative responses. AECOM, Skanska-Clyde, and Obayashi provided the best fit to our project objectives of the firms we interviewed.”
WW Clyde Area Manager Garrett McMullin stated: “WW Clyde since 1926 has been known as a premier heavy civil contractor in Utah and the Intermountain West. We’re thrilled to be chosen for the largest new railroad construction project in the U.S. since the 1970s. We’re excited to be a part of creating new jobs and economic opportunities for rural Utah.”
A key selection criterion for Rio Grande Pacific was the commitment of AECOM, Skanska-Clyde, and Obayashi to a tribal and local hiring preference, and to include within their teams to the greatest degree practical the construction and engineering firms located within the Uinta Basin and the counties of the Seven County Infrastructure Coalition.