Australian rail freight company Aurizon has secured a long-term contract extension with BHP Billiton for the Mt Arthur Coal mine in the Hunter Valley.
Aurizon EVP Commercial & Marketing Mauro Neves said the contract – which runs until 2028 – will allow Aurizon to potentially increase coal haulage from the mine from the current 18 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) to a maximum of 26 mtpa.
“Aurizon is delighted to extend its long-term relationship with BHP Billiton in New South Wales. BHP Billiton was Aurizon’s foundation customer in the Hunter Valley when we commenced operations in the region in 2005,” Mr Neves said.
“The recent opening of our $180 million Hexham Train Support Facility in Newcastle is a signal of our commitment and confidence in the local coal industry. The facility has strengthened our business to support the growth and future success of our customers.”
BHP Billiton’s Mt Arthur Coal open cut thermal coal mine is situated near the town of Muswellbrook in NSW’s Hunter Valley coal region, approximately 130km North-West of Newcastle.