Bravus Mining and Resources has shown off progress at the Carmichael coal project, where contractors this week started laying track for a 200km railway line.
Between 900m and 1.2km of track is being laid daily at each end of the railway simultaneously, the Adani-owned business says.
Bravus chief executive officer David Boshoff said the materials for the track – including the girders, steel, sleepers and ballast – were all produced in Australia, and the contractors building the railway were also all local.
“We always said the Carmichael Project would create Australian jobs and benefit local businesses and this is yet another example of how we are delivering on our promise,” Mr Boshoff said.
“Our rail workers’ camps were built by Australian company Decmil, based out of Rockhampton, and our rail camp operators are based in Collinsville.
“Our railway earthworks and civil works are being delivered by Martinus Rail and BMD, using their regional Queensland workforces in Rockhampton and Townsville.
“The girders are being delivered by Rockhampton-based Stresscrete, our rail sleepers are also home-grown in Rockhampton, and our track steel is Australian-made too.”
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The 200km narrow-gauge rail project will connect the Carmichael mine to Abbot Point Terminal via existing rail infrastructure and will be one of the largest privately funded railways in the country.
Late last month Bravus announced that construction on the Central Queensland coal project had reached a peak, with more than 2000 people working at the site.
“Every week we are reaching exciting new major milestones on the Carmichael mine and rail projects, bringing us a step closer to the reality of completion,” Mr Boshoff said.
“We are on track and looking forward to producing first coal in 2021.”