I wonder if the AK cars will make another trip to Leigh Creek before handover?
First rake of wagons expected to head back east within the next fortnight.
Other power station to come down in the new year, March or April.
Coal wagons presently on the balloon loop at the power station with a hand full at Stirling North. Bought buy SSR and waiting to be removed with maybe a couple for scrap.
The commencement of the auction coincided with the State Government granting Bowmans Rail $200,000 for the establishment of an intermodal container terminal, just outside of Leigh Creek.http://www.google.com.au/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=newssearch&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwionKbtt5rQAhWJiLwKHcozDgsQqQIIGigAMAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.adelaidenow.com.au%2Fbusiness%2Fmining-machinery-and-other-mine-equipment-is-going-under-the-hammer-at-leigh-creek-this-week%2Fnews-story%2Fc69f5d256d95c8349a9e3c500a0d09f8&usg=AFQjCNEXXm2HGwLt6NHE0WHGu4fAvGdKjA
The Clare Argus (2/11/16) has an article regarding BALCO seeking to establish an "inland port", their words, at Leigh Creek. It appears that an intermodal terminal is being considered to serve the mining and oil industries north of Leigh Creek.
Please don't shoot the messenger.
It wouldn't be quad 90s, it'd be long haul intermodal locos, and probably not 12,000 tonnes/train. There is SG all the way; Ulan Dubbo Narromine Parkes BH PA, in a relatively direct route.Most practical thing to do to reduce CO2 is close the aging coal fired and build modern coal fired running on the best coal and if its imported from NSW/Qld then so be it. Also look at waste heat recovery and use for other purposes from the same power stations. Australia has a history of building stand alone power and industry.Yep and while we're being practical, what are we doing about people burning cow sh## in the third world? Too hard I guess. Far easier to de-industrialize first world countries and slug the dumb whites in the suburbs.
The alt to coal is Nuclear. There is insufficient hydro options left to make a big enough difference to even bother with this to much. Maybe options of pump back peak supply like Brisbane's 500MW hydro plant, but not much else.
My personal preference would be nuclear but the gunzel in me would love to see quad 90s dragging 12000 tonnes of hunter coal to Port Augusta. Yep, Never gunna happen.
It was in pretty good nick when the coal train stopped running.The real answer would be to extend the line to Moomba instead of sealing the road. It is the heavy road traffic that is damaging the road.
Bowmans Rail probably still have plans for the line, but whether they come to fruition or not remains to be seen. The transfer from Alinta to SA Gov ownership was one hurdle that had to be jumped. However, I think Bowmans currently have their fingers in potentially more lucrative pies.
Of course if Australians and regulatory authorities weren't so insistent on gold plated standards then there'd probably be a few years left in the line yet.