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Abigroup expands businesses

19 August 2010


Abigroup is expanding its specialist national businesses into two new growth sectors: energy and rail.

The company already has specialist national businesses in telecommunications, water and mining services. Energy now forms part of a new business called Abigroup Telco & Energy and a separate rail business has been created.

Abigroup's Telco & Energy General Manager Tim Sheridan said, "The decision to add energy to Abigroup's well established telecommunications business is a reflection of the increasing importance Abigroup is placing on securing work in this sector which is experiencing extensive growth - particularly in the field of renewable energy."

Abigroup is bidding for work on a number of wind and solar energy projects and is currently delivering the civil work - including roadworks and wind turbine foundation structures - on the Oaklands Hill Wind Farm in Victoria.

Abigroup's new rail business will build on the substantial work Abigroup has already carried out in this sector.

The company has completed train servicing facilities, station upgrades, track works and rail and pedestrian bridges. Major rail projects carried out by Abigroup include:

  • a $207 million contract to design and construct 110km of railway line for Bauhinia Regional Rail in Queensland;
  • a $100 million contract to build the Antiene Rail Coal Unloader in NSW;
  • a $138 million contract to carry out a major rail upgrade through Brisbane's southern suburbs including the upgrade/reconstruction of seven stations; and
  • an $89 million contract to install 8km of rail loop track, signalling and wayside devices at Kooragang Coal Export Terminal in Newcastle.

Greg Rush, who has 23 years rail experience, joined Abigroup recently to head up the business. Greg said, "As a specialised business of one of the country's largest national contractors, Abigroup Rail can draw on the expertise of the larger organisation to ensure that even the most complicated and multi-faceted project is delivered to the highest of standards by industry leaders."

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