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Whitehaven awards Leighton rail contract

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Whitehaven Coal has awarded Leighton Contractors its infrastructure construction contract.

The contract will see Leighton build the rail loop for its Maules Creek coal mine.

"The rail loop is a key part of the mine infrastructure and the longest lead time item for the project," Whitehaven said in a statement.

Paul Flynn, Whitehaven's CEO, said "this is a very important milestone for Whitehaven's Maules Creek project; once the mine begins production in the first quarter of CY 2015 it will strengthen the company's position as a major low cost coal producer".

The Maules Creek project has seen opposition for the local community.

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