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Siemens has been awarded a contract to supply 13 heavy-haul electric locomotives to the BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance for its Queensland coal rail network.
The locomotives will transport coal trains from two new mines, the Caval Ridge and Daunia in the Bowen Basin, to BHP Billiton's Hay Point terminal starting in 2014. The contract with BMA expands the Siemens locomotive fleet within the Queensland coal rail network to 163, Paul Bennett, vice president for Siemens Rail Systems, said in a statement. Siemens will deliver the locomotives in late 2013.
These two mines are expected to produce 15 million tonnes of coal each year, which is primarily used for steelmaking, BHP Billiton said in a statement. Construction began on Cavail Ridge this past spring, while work started on Daunia in 2011. Work has begun on Daunia's coal handling and preparation plant and the run of mine with completion scheduled for early next year.
This article first appeared on www.breakbulk.com
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