Leighton Contractors win part of QR National’s Wiggins Island Rail Project

10 Jul 12

Leighton Contractors has been awarded a $56million contract by QR National to deliver the Rocklands to Stanwell rail duplication as part of the Wiggins Island Rail Project (Stage One).

The works involve 18 kilometres of track duplication between Rocklands and Stanwell on the Blackwater Rail System, earthworks and large diameter drainage infrastructure upgrades, and construction of three rail bridges at the Burnett Highway, Four Mile Creek and Neerkol Creek.

The duplication is designed to carry coal trains that are 1.7 kilometres in length along the Blackwater System to the balloon loop near Gladstone for unloading.

Hugh Boyd, General Manager Northern Construction for Leighton Contractors, said Leighton Contractors was proud to be part of this significant project for QR National which would see a vital link created between the new Wiggins Island Coal Terminal and mines in the Southern Bowen and Surat Basins.

“We are very pleased to again partner with QR National to support the expansion of Queensland’s rail capacity and deliver this important infrastructure to further bolster the state’s coal export industry.

“At peak production it is anticipated Leighton Contractors will employ 150 people on the project, adding to the 1,800 people we employ in Central Queensland’s Bowen Basin through our coal mining operations,” Mr Boyd said.

“We feel the award of this project was in part due to Leighton Contractors’ successful delivery of QR National’s Northern Missing Link.

“We are fortunate to have partnered with QR National as part of the CoalConnect Alliance, which delivered the vital Northern Missing Link and duplication works on part of the Newlands Rail System as part of the Goonyella to Abbot Point (GAP) Expansion Project.

“We will harness the skills, experience and lessons learnt from the CoalConnect Alliance to deliver this important infrastructure for QR National,” Mr Boyd said.

Construction of the duplicated track is scheduled to commence this month, with works currently underway to swiftly establish the site and mobilise people.