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Pacific National's Nebo train maintenance facility opens

04 October 2012

Pacific National's flagship train maintenance facility at Nebo was officially opened on August 30 by Isaac Regional Council Mayor Anne Baker, Asciano CEO and Managing Director John Mullen, Pacific National Coal Director Dave Irwin and Pacific National Coal Queensland General Manager Operations Geoff Featherstone.  

Asciano CEO & MD John Mullen and Isaac Regional Council Mayor Anne Baker unveil the plaque at the official opening

The official opening was attended by Pacific National customers, Pacific National Operations staff, construction partners (including Abigroup) and local stakeholders.

The new $180 million state of the art train provisioning facilities will support Pacific National's coal haulage operations and further increase the efficiency of Pacific National's coal haulage services in the Goonyella, Blackwater and Newlands rail systems. It will enable the provisioning and maintenance of Pacific National trains to ensure their reliable and efficient operation with a range of functions performed, including the refuelling of trains, routine train inspections and wagon and locomotive maintenance work. 


Planning for the new facilities began in early 2010 and included consultation with key stakeholders and community members to ensure minimisation of potential environmental, noise and land impacts. Abigroup was selected to deliver the civil infrastructure and manage the scope of project works, including co-ordinating the design and construction.

The design and construction was completed in an alliance between Pacific National Coal and Abigroup Contractors (construction and project coordination), BG&E (design) and QR National (design and construction of track). The works involved civil works, buildings, rail systems and site services for; provisioning facilities for diesel and electric locomotives, maintenance facilities for coal wagons and locomotives, train consist storage and stowage and administration and amenity facilities for operational staff.

Pacific National currently transport export coal to the Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal and the Port of Gladstone under contracts with Xstrata, Rio Tinto, Macarthur Coal, Anglo American and Bowen Central Coal. 

Photos: Jim Cullen Photography & MICOMM

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