Leighton has been awarded a $100 million contract to deliver a train support facility for Aurizon which will support its coal haulage fleet.
The facility will service Aurizon’s growing Hunter Valley coal freight arm and help alleviate capacity pressures in the coal supply chain
Due for completion in 2015, the facility will provide servicing, maintenance and provisioning of fuel, water and other supplies.
It will also include shunting and temporary stabling areas which will free up space around Carrington and Kooragang Island, easing network capacity issues.
The project involves construction of the train provisioning facility, a combined maintenance building, signalling and power infrastructure, 26 turnouts and 11km of plain line track works.
Leighton contractors managing director, Craig Laslett said the project will deliver wide benefits across the Hunter Valley coal freight network.
“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 Contractors’ strong history of delivering rail and mine infrastructure for clients in and servicing the resources sector.”
Aurizon expects to employ 30 people to service 12 trains a day by 2014-15, but says the number of trains will double by 2020 to 24 a day.
The company has previously said the project will lift the Hunter’s coal capacity to 180 million tonnes.