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Abigroup committed to Hunter Valley growth

14 November 2008

When Abigroup opened its Muswellbrook office earlier this year, it signalled that the leading contractor is committed to the Hunter region for the long term.

Abigroup has recently commenced rail works in the Upper Hunter as part of the Maitland to Branxton bi-directional re-signalling programme. While this is Abigroup’s first contract with the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC), the leading contractor is currently undertaking other works in the area, including a third coal export terminal for the Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group. Abigroup has secured three contracts totalling $91 million for various works on the Kooragang coal export terminal. Also in the region, Abigroup has successfully completed the $5 million Wambo Rail Loop Rectification and associated infrastructure for Peabody Resources as well as the $100 million Antiene Rail Coal Unloader for Macquarie Generation.

Muswellbrook Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Mike Kelly said that it is encouraging to see indications of increased construction activity.

“The benefits of large construction projects remain in the area after the construction is completed. In the past, we have seen increased population and increased business activity associated with the ongoing operation of the mining, processing, road and rail facilities constructed. These benefits are long term and add to the capacity of local businesses to participate in future developments in the Upper Hunter and beyond,” said Mike Kelly.

Abigroup is committed to making inroads into the mining infrastructure, power, rail and water markets in the Hunter area and to working with local community and business. The opening of the Muswellbrook office is part of this long term strategy.

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