Major Hunter energy project awarded to Abigroup
After receiving the go-ahead from Planning Minister Frank Sartor in early November, Macquarie Generation has awarded the contract for the Antiene Rail Coal Unloader Project valued at over $90m - to Abigroup Contractors. The coal unloader will supply Macquarie Generations Bayswater and Liddell power stations in the Upper Hunter Valley, which together provide power to approximately 40% of NSW. In a statement made in Sydney, Mr Sartor said the investment would not only help secure the states power supply, but would also provide benefits to the Hunter region. It will ensure the continued viability of both the Bayswater and Liddell power stations, and the ongoing employment of 550 existing workers, said Mr Sartor. The project being undertaken by Abigroup includes the coal unloader, a new rail loop off the Main Northern Rail Line, an unloading hopper, an enclosed overland conveyor and facilities to process 15 million tonnes of coal per annum. Peter Brecht, Managing Director of Abigroup Limited, said, This contract is the latest in a long line of high profile contracts won by Abigroup in recent years including works on the Pacific Highway, Sydney Airport and the soon to open Westlink M7. While were recognised as being one of Australias leading contractors in the infrastructure, civil and building areas, being awarded this project is recognition of our successful diversification into rail and materials handling through such projects as the $220m, 110km Bauhinia Regional Railway Line in Queensland which was delivered eight weeks ahead of schedule. Preliminary work has commenced on the project, with completion planned for early 2007.