QR signs up team to deliver

A $1 billion expansion of the export coal rail network — the biggest rail project in Queensland in three decades — is a step closer today with the signing of an alliance agreement for a key part of the project.

It is a major plank in QR’s enormous $3 billion plus investment in lifting the capacity and performance of the Central Queensland coal network including new and upgraded track, and new locomotives and wagons.

By 2010/11, we will have increased tonnage capacity by almost 60% in Queensland, with the ability to haul 261 million tonnes of coal across all networks.

“We’re really pleased to be pushing forward with these expansion plans — it’s great news for coal companies and the industry generally,” says QR’s CEO Lance Hockridge.

Hockridge recently announced the formation of an alliance to deliver a major part of the $1 billion Goonyella to Abbot Point Expansion Project.

“This expansion potentially could deliver 100 million tonnes per year through Abbot Point at Bowen — that translates to well over $10 billion in revenue at today’s prices for coal companies and the state’s burgeoning coal industry.”

QR has signed the CoalConnect project alliance agreement — an alliance comprising QR, Leighton Contractors, GHD and KBR.

Together, these partners will undertake the civil works of the Goonyella to Abbot Point Expansion Project, including the Northern Missing Link and the Buckley to Newlands Upgrade.

”The Goonyella to Abbot Point Expansion Project is the largest and most complex project undertaken by QR since the development of the Goonyella system in the 1980s,“ Hockridge says.

“QR is working closely with the Ports Corporation of Queensland and the coal industry to deliver up as quickly as possible this vital piece of infrastructure.”

Hockridge says QR had a proven track record in delivering rail infrastructure to schedule and within budget.

“One recent example was the Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal third rail loop, commissioned last November before the port had completed their expansion works,” he says.

“QR will continue to uphold commitments to the coal supply chain to ensure maximum throughput and minimal disruption as a result of the Goonyella to Abbot Point expansion works.”

Currently, QR delivers 15mtpa from the Newlands system and another 1.5mtpa from the Goonyella system to Abbot Point.

The 69km Northern Missing Link will provide a vital connection between these two systems in Queensland’s northern Bowen Basin coalfields.

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