Asciano’s coal haulage division, Pacific National Coal has commenced work on the $20 million expansion of its Nebo Maintenance Facility in regional QLD.
The $180 million train maintenance facility was officially opened in August, however the project has been fast tracked following an agreement with coal producer BMA to provide maintenance and daily servicing for BMA’s four new train sets when they arrive in the second half of 2013.
The maintenance facility enables the provisioning and maintenance of Pacific National’s coal trains with a range of functions performed including the refuelling of trains, routine train inspections and rolling stock maintenance work.
The expansion project will create 100 new jobs over its 12 month build.
"Nebo is the first facility of its design in Australia and includes some of the most innovative design and maintenance techniques seen within the rail industry today, with capacity to support up to 25 coal trains, with eight bays for locomotives and two main tracks for wagon maintenance,” Geoff Featherstone, Pacific National's general manager operations QLD, said.
Pacific National Coal currently transports export coal to the Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal, the Port of Gladstone and Port of Abbot Point under contracts with customers including Xstrata, Rio Tinto, Peabody, Anglo American, Middlemount, Bowen Central Coal.