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Airly Coal Mine Expansion Materials Handling and Rail Loop. New South Wales, Australia. Australia

Centennial Coal
Mining & Natural Resources
Infrastructure Construction
2009 - 2010

Airly Coal Mine Expansion Materials Handling and Rail Loop. New South Wales, Australia. Australia

Airly Coal Mine Expansion Materials Handling and Rail Loop. New South Wales, Australia. Australia

Full project details

In 2010 Laing O’Rourke completed a multidisciplinary mining and rail infrastructure project for Centennial Coal at the Airly Mine, 40 km northwest of Lithgow. The project involved designing, procuring, constructing and managing a rail loop and coal processing infrastructure to allow collection and transportation of materials and connection to the NSW freight rail network.

The scope of works included providing track work for the conveyor system, three conveyors, a crushing station, a skyline tripper, a stockpile pad, a reclaim tunnel and a rail load-out bin. Laing O’Rourke self-performed the design and construction of all components, which involved bulk earthworks, rail system construction and integration, signalling and communication, culverts and drainage, remediation works and the installation of coal-handling plant.

The project drew on multidisciplinary strengths across Laing O’Rourke’s rail and infrastructure business units. At its peak, the project employed more than 300 people from Laing O’Rourke, Centennial Coal and partner companies across the design, construction, operations and maintenance phases.

Through close liaison with the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC), Laing O’Rourke negotiated a target incentive mechanism, mitigated interface risks and reduced program inefficiencies. By providing integrated design and construction services, and preparing concept and preliminary designs and budgets as early as possible, Laing O’Rourke completed the project four months ahead of schedule.

The new system allows 1800 tonnes of coal to be transported per hour from the Airly Mine to the train loading bin, improving Centennial Coal’s operational efficiency. The project was recognised at the 2010 Permanent Way Institution Awards as winner of the Steve Maxwell Platelaying Award. 

Project facts

Provides capacity to transport 1800 tonnes of coal per hour

Delivered four months ahead of schedule

Close liaison with stakeholders reduced interface risks and inefficiencies

Winner of the 2010 Permanent Way Institution Steve Maxwell Platelaying Award

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