Abigroup wins $76m Wiggins Island contract
QR National has awarded a $76m contract at the Wiggins Island Rail Project to Abigroup, which will perform civil works for a 13km balloon loop at the Port of Gladstone.
The Wiggins Island Rail Project (WIRP) will carry the initial 27mtpa of coal to Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal (WICET) from the southern end of the Bowen Basin.
It is the first major contract for the Wiggins Island Rail Project, which is scheduled to start railings for customers from mid-2014.
QR National network executive vice president, Michael Carter, said the Gladstone balloon loop is one of six key worksites for Stage One of WIRP.
“The other five [elements] are the Rocklands to Stanwell Duplication, Dingo to Bluff Duplication, Moura East upgrade, North Coast Line upgrade and Bauhinia North Branch upgrade.”
WIRP is part of QR National’s coal infrastructure expansion program to add 70mtpa of capacity to the central Queensland coal network, taking total capacity to over 300mtpa by 2015.