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Three coal terminal projects awarded to Abigroup

11 November 2008

Abigroup’s range of capabilities has proved a boon for the Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group (NCIG) and its implementation of a much needed new coal export terminal. Abigroup is undertaking not one but three contracts for NCIG which comprises BHP Billiton, Centennial Coal, Donaldson Coal, Peabody Energy, Felix Resources and Whitehaven Coal.

Abigroup will undertake earthworks, the construction of concrete structures and the provision of rail and signalling. “As a tier one multidisciplinary company with expertise both in rail/mining infrastructure and in the Hunter region, Abigroup is well placed to undertake the scope of work in the three contracts for NCIG”, said Abigroup’s Director of Operations David Jurd.

The new coal export terminal will be located at Kooragang Island in Newcastle and is designed with the capacity for future expansion. The establishment of the terminal, which comes on the back of severe bottlenecks, will significantly improve export flow. Once completed the third coal export terminal in Newcastle will be the largest single stage development of a new coal terminal in the world.

Abigroup commenced work on the first contract for earthworks in September 2008. The $46 million project involves two million cubic metres of earthworks comprising rail loop formation earthworks and drainage, stockyard berms and road works. The second contract worth $33 million includes a 25 span rail viaduct, a single span rail bridge, a dump station structure and a conveyor tunnel. Abigroup will also undertake rail and signal work ($12 million) comprising track work and signaling design and installation.

“Abigroup is able to undertake a variety of rail projects by offering a one stop shop to clients which utilises Abigroup’s suite of capabilities ranging from roads, bridges, water, mining and building”, said David Jurd.

Abigroup’s rail group consists of skilled rail professionals and is able to utilise its own rail plant equipment. This enables the company to negotiate a variety of contracts with rail and mining clients. Abigroup’s rail plant equipment is registered to work on the entire ARTC network and within the NSW RailCorp network. The company’s new tamping machine has completed its first assignment and is now working south of Sydney maintaining mainline and siding tracks.

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