Record 203 million tonnes hauled on QRs rail network
For the first time in history, more than 200 million tonnes of freight have been transported across Queensland’s 10,000 kilometre rail network in a year.
QR Network Executive General Manager Michael Carter said effective partnerships with customers and rail operators including QR National and Asciano across heavy haul, intermodal and general freight markets had led to the record result in 2009/10.
A total of 203 million tonnes of freight was hauled in the year to 30 June 2010.
“At the centre of this achievement is the transport of coal, where an all time record of 186 million tonnes of coal was hauled from central Queensland mines to ports,” Mr Carter said.
“This is an increase of 23 million tonnes over the 2008/09 financial year, the single biggest annual increase ever delivered for the coal industry. This is a momentous achievement, not only for QR Network, but for the coal industry in general."
“It is the result of an unprecedented capital works program by QR Network to support customer demand in Queensland, across the four coal systems of Queensland.
"In the three years to 2009/10, we have invested more than $1.4 billion upgrading and expanding coal rail infrastructure in Queensland.
“We have worked closely with the mining industry to define the right infrastructure to meet their needs and have consistently delivered projects on scope and budget. This is a credit to the work with rail operators and our construction and maintenance
“The solid rebound from the Global Financial Crisis to record tonnes is a great indication of the significant opportunities that lie ahead. We are preparing for future demand with the construction of the $1.1 billion Goonyella to Abbot Point Expansion, the single biggest project on the coal system in decades.
“In addition, we are talking with the coal industry about the next major growth opportunity to support the planned construction of the new Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal in Gladstone.
“QR Network is dedicated to delivering a quality rail network and to providing rail infrastructure that will contribute to the shared, long-term success of our customers and supply chain partners.”
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