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September 17, 2013

John Holland wins major railway track contract at iron ore project

Australian construction company John Holland, a subsidiary of Leighton Holdings, has been awarded a $257m contract by Samsung C&T to build 350km of heavy haulage railway track for the Roy Hill Iron Ore Project in Western Australia.

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Australian construction company John Holland, a subsidiary of Leighton Holdings, has been awarded a $257m contract by Samsung C&T to build 350km of heavy haulage railway track for the Roy Hill Iron Ore Project in Western Australia.

The new rail construction, track works and infrastructure sub-contract will run through remote terrain from the Roy Hill mine to Port Hedland.

John Holland’s contract includes track works to the main line, marshalling yard, port loading loop, mine loading loop, wayside loops and spurs and construction yard, along with the construction of a logistics yard and ballast yards.

Leighton Holdings chief executive officer Hamish Tyrwhitt said that the contract award evidences the diversity of the Leighton Group, combining the company’s skills in managing operations in remote locations and in the provision of infrastructure and rail operations.

"Roy Hill is a critical project for the state, and a strong indication that the nation is moving to close its infrastructure deficit and improve productivity," Tyrwhitt said.

"The new rail construction, track works and infrastructure sub-contract will run through remote terrain from the Roy Hill mine to Port Hedland."

The Roy Hill Iron Ore Project involves a new mine at the Roy Hill deposit north of Newman, a mine process facility, a heavy haul railway system and new port facilities at Port Hedland.

John Holland Group managing director Glenn Palin said that by winning this project against national and international competition, the company had once again demonstrated its key strength in rail.

"John Holland has been a market leader in rail construction in Australia for over 30 years with approximately $3bn of rail-related projects in hand," Palin said.

Scheduled to commence on site in October 2013, the two-year, construct-only project is expected to generate 270 jobs at the peak of site works.

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