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A South Australian-based rail freight company says a new multi-million dollar deal will double the tonnage travelling on the Adelaide to Darwin rail-line each year.
Freightline Propriety Limited, that operates the 3,000 kilometre line, has signed a five-year contract to transport 600,000 tonnes of manganese ore from the Bootu Mine near Tennant Creek to Darwin.
The ore will then be shipped to southern China to make steel.
The CEO of Freightlink, John Fullerton, says the company will introduce another four trains to the line, to transport the mineral.
"Each one of those trains will be about 4,000 tonnes, so it is a significant contract for a five year period," he said.
"We believe this will be the first of a number of trains that we will be introducing to handle minerals traffic on the corridor."
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