Leighton Contracting has won a contract worth $100 million for the supply of a train support facility for Aurizon, which will support its developing coal haulage fleet.
The contract states the facility will provide maintenance and support services for Aurizon s growing New South Wales Hunter Valley coal freight business and will help to take the heat off the current pressures in the coal supply chain.
Leighton Contracting will be responsible for coal fleet servicing, maintenance and provisioning of fuel, water and additional supplies when required. It will also include shunting and temporary stabling freight holding areas which will free up space around Carrington and Kooragang Island, which in turn will lighten the capacity issues on existing rail network.
The new project involves construction of the train provisioning facility, a multi-use maintenance building, signalling and power infrastructure, 26 turnouts and 11km of rail line.
Aurizon anticipates to employ about 30 people to service 12 trains a day by 2014-15, although the number of trains are expected to double by 2020 to 24 a day. This will create even more jobs for the Hunter Valley mining communities.
The project will deliver many benefits across the Hunter Valley coal freight network, said Leighton contractors managing director, Craig Laslett, “Our team integrates civil, track, electrical and signalling specialists who have extensive experience in the Hunter Valley”
Laslett said, The project will also draw on Leighton Contracting’s previous history of delivering rail and mine infrastructure for clients in the resources sector.
The facility is expected to be completed in 2015.