The project represents Aurizon's commitment to the future growth of the Queensland coal industry. This project delivered a significant 30% increase to the rail capacity servicing the Southern Bowen Basin. WIRP comprised interdependent infrastructure projects across the North Coast Line, Blackwater Rail System and Moura Rail System. The project was completed in December 2015.
In Stage One, Aurizon delivered six rail infrastructure projects that will support WICET's 27 million tonnes per annum capacity servicing the needs of Stage One mining customers – Glencore, Aquila Resources, Bandanna Energy, Caledon Resources, Cockatoo Coal, Northern Energy Corporation, Wesfarmers Curragh and Yancoal.
The table below provides a summary of the WIRP Stage One projects.
|Stage One - Sub Project||Works to be undertaken|
|Balloon Loop||A single 13km rail balloon loop near Yarwun.|
|North Coast Line (NCL) Upgrade||Triplicated 3.5km of the NCL through Yarwun, a new holding track at Aldoga and two new holding tracks at Kabra.|
|Moura System Upgrade||Upgraded existing rail formation to the east of the Moura system.|
|Rocklands to Stanwell Duplication||Duplicated 18km of track.|
|Dingo to Bluff Duplication||Duplicated 24km of track.|
|Bauhinia North Upgrade||16km access road upgrade, a new passing loop and two new access easements on the Bauhinia Line between Kinrola and Sirius Creek.|
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