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Current Projects

Hexham Train Support Facility Turning Angle Services

The Hexham Train Support Facility (TSF) Turning Angle services Aurizon's growing Hunter Valley coal freight business and alleviates capacity pressures in the coal supply chain.

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Completed Projects

Jilalan Wagon Overhaul Facility

The Jilalan wagon overhaul facility was designed to overhaul our 5,000 wagons in Queensland over a 10 year period, at a cost of about 25% of their replacement value.

The project was completed in August 2020 and supports the continued delivery of safe, reliable services for our coal customers in Queensland. 

 

Wiggins Island Rail Project

The Wiggins Island Rail Project (WIRP) included the staged development of new rail lines and upgrading of existing lines to service the Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal (WICET) at the Port of Gladstone. 

WIRP created a vital link between the coal terminal and mines in the southern Bowen and Surat Basins and delivered a significant 30% increase to the rail capacity servicing the Southern Bowen Basin. The project was completed in December 2015.

Hexham Train Support Facility

The Hexham Train Support Facility (TSF) services Aurizon's growing Hunter Valley coal freight business and alleviates capacity pressures in the coal supply chain.

Located at Hexham in the Hunter Valley NSW, this facility supports the efficient and competitive delivery of coal for export by improving the timetabling of Aurizon train movements between Kooragang Island and Hexham through the provisioning and maintenance of Aurizon trains at our own facility.

Goonyella Rail Expansion Project

Completed in mid-2013, the Hay Point Rail Expansion Project now services 30 coal mines in the northern Bowen Basin as the final leg of the 924km Goonyella Rail System. Coal is railed to the Port of Hay Point (40km south of Mackay) where it is exported through the Hay Point Coal Terminal (HPCT), operated by the BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) and the Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal (DBCT), operated by DBCT Management.

Bauhinia Electrification - Rolleston Electrification

The Bauhinia rail line is a 107 kilometre rail spur from Rangal south to the Rolleston Mine on the Blackwater System in Central Queensland.

The completion of the Bauhinia Electrification Project in December 2014 has allowed new electric locomotive trains to operate on this part of the rail network. It follows the completion of the power system upgrades across the Blackwater System in 2012 which doubled its electrical capacity to allow more efficient electric locomotives to run on the network.

Track Duplication South of Hay Point

Construction of the 6.2km track duplication south of Hay Point commenced late 2011 and was commissioned in July 2013 on time, under budget and with zero Lost Time injuries (LTIs).

The duplicated track now services both Hay Point and Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminals and a holding track provides additional capacity for empty trains travelling back to Aurizon's Jilalan Yard.

Blackwater Power Systems Strengthening

In September 2012, Aurizon commissioned the Blackwater Power System Strengthening Project, which nearly doubled the electric capacity on the Blackwater rail system that connects mines west of Rockhampton to coal loading ports at Gladstone.

The project involved the construction and commissioning of four electrical feeder stations and associated infrastructure at Bluff, Wycarbah, Duaringa and Raglan between Blackwater and Mount Larcom. This project was part of Aurizon’s commitment to expanding the haulage capacity for our customers and represents the largest electrical upgrade on the network since initial electrification in the 1980s.

Goonyella to Abbot Point Expansion Project

Aurizon's completed Goonyella to Abbot Point Expansion Project (GAP) is further opening up the Bowen Basin coal reserves to export markets. On behalf of coal customers BMA, Rio Tinto, QCoal, Macarthur Coal and Lake Vermont Resources, this project increased capacity to 50mtpa through to the Port of Abbot Point near Bowen. First railings commenced ahead of schedule in December 2011. 

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