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December 16, 2012

Pacific National Coal opens new train support facility in Greta, Australia

Pacific National Coal (PNC), an Australia-based coal haulage operator and a subsidiary of Asciano, has opened its new A$110m ($115.9m) train support plant at Greta in the Hunter Valley, New South Wales, Australia.

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Pacific National Coal (PNC), an Australia-based coal haulage operator and a subsidiary of Asciano, has opened its new A$110m ($115.9m) train support plant at Greta in the Hunter Valley, New South Wales, Australia.

The Greta facility will increase the efficiency of PNC’s services in the Hunter Valley, with a range of functions performed onsite, including refuelling, routine inspections and maintenance of trains.

The plant is located between the existing railway line and the Hunter Expressway’s F3 Branxton extension.

In addition to supporting Pacific National’s New South Wales coal haulage operations, the new facility is also expected to offer capacity benefits to the broader Hunter Valley coal chain.

Pacific National Coal director David Irwin revealed that the Greta facility injected over A$110m into the Hunter Valley economy and created around 550 full-time jobs during its construction, while more than 30 local jobs will be sustained once the plant starts operations in 2013.

"The plant is located between the existing railway line and the Hunter Expressway’s F3 Branxton extension."

"Capable of maintaining and provisioning up to 20 train consists per day, the facility will service the existing traffic passing from Newcastle and ensure we continue to deliver efficient, effective and sustainable coal haulage services," Irwin said.

The new facility features three provisioning tracks and two maintenance tracks, as well as a provisioning shed for crew changeover, refuelling and re-sanding activities.

The facility also includes a wagon maintenance hard stand area, maintenance workshop, truck and vehicle storage, store room, office space and various amenities.

The new centre also incorporates ancillary facilities, including a fuel farm containing diesel tanks, water storage, fencing, car parking and access roadways, lighting and landscaping.

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