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Contract awarded for part of $3.5B metal project

Austrack worker concrete sleepers
Austrack worker concrete sleepers

A multinational railroad equipment supplier has won the latest tender for part of a $3.5 billion metal project in northwest Australia.

The Australian subsidary of Vossloh Tie Technologies recently secured the concrete ties package for Rio Tinto’s Koodaideri Iron Ore Mine, 301km south of Port Hedland in the Pilbara region.

The deal involves subsidiary Austrak producing and supplying about 280,000 concrete ties for a new rail line between the mine and Rio’s existing Pilbara rail network.

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Austrak will perform the deliveries sometime in the year 2020 from a factory based in WA that also serves as a production site for further upcoming mining projects in the Pilbara.

“We are excited to see that our recent acquisition Austrak succeeded in this tender, contributing substantial value to Vossloh shortly after acquisition,” Vossloh AG chief executive Andreas Busemann said in a public statement.

The mine is expected to produce iron ore in late 2021.

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