QR has increased its capacity for coal transport, having completed the duplication of a 10.5 kilometre section of track between Stanwell and Wycarbah.
QR Network Executive General Manager Mike Carter said the $71.5 million project was an important milestone in QR Network’s five-year $900 million investment program, and will meet its customers’ requirements for increased capacity and performance of the Queensland coal rail network.
“The Blackwater System links the mines in the Bowen Basin to coal terminals at the Port of Gladstone. This project will provide them with greater flexibility and reliability,” he said.
“This project is the seventh in a series of 12 track duplication projects aimed at boosting the Blackwater system’s capacity to meet customer demand in parallel with the projected port capacity increase.
“By the end of 2009, QR Network will have fully duplicated nearly 80% of the Blackwater rail system, leading to a 40% increase in capacity for the coal supply chain.
“The Stanwell to Wycarbah project has contributed to Queensland jobs, with an estimated 550 jobs created in the region, including those directly involved in the construction as well as equipment suppliers, accommodation providers and workers in other associated industries such as manufacturing.”