Fluor is to “advance the preliminary development” of a new 390km long high speed rail line connecting Dallas and Houston in Texas, USA.
The new line is being built with private funding by Texas Central Rail Holdings – a group of primarily Texan investors – which said it was “poised to bring high speed rail to the State”.
The Texan engineering giant will now refine the project’s engineering, design-build cost estimate, schedule and construction planning.
Under the agreement, after the development phase and financial close, Fluor and its partners will be the preferred design-builder for the project.
The line will use Japan’s N700-I Bullet total system, the international version of the Tokaido Shinkansen total system currently in use between Tokyo and Osaka, Japan. Central Japan Railway Company (JRC), the operators of the system in Japan, will provide long-term and technical support for new line.
Three stations will be built on the route. Starting in Dallas, it will stop in Brazos Valley before terminating in Houston. The journey from Dallas to Houston will take 90 minutes. Final locations for each station are still to be determined.
Over 7.6M.m3 of concrete will be used in the mega project with around 60% of the line built on viaducts, to preserve access for landowners.
“Fluor’s global expertise in developing the world’s largest megaprojects, matched with its ability to provide integrated solutions to clients across the globe, position the company well with Texas Central,” said Fluor president of infrastructure Hans Dekker. “We will use our industry experience and proven track record of delivering high-speed rail projects to provide high-value services for this significant infrastructure project.”
Texas Central Rail Holdings said pending the publication of the draft environmental impact statement later this year and “other variables”, it hoped construction would begin in late 2018.