Whitehaven awards Leighton rail contract

Whitehaven Coal has awarded Leighton Contractors its infrastructure construction contract.

The contract will see Leighton build the rail loop for its Maules Creek coal mine.

"The rail loop is a key part of the mine infrastructure and the longest lead time item for the project," Whitehaven said in a statement.

Paul Flynn, Whitehaven's CEO, said "this is a very important milestone for Whitehaven's Maules Creek project; once the mine begins production in the first quarter of CY 2015 it will strengthen the company's position as a major low cost coal producer".

The Maules Creek project has seen opposition for the local community.

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