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Aurizons all four coal systems reopen

Coal services to resume from mines across the Goonyella system


Operations have resumed at Aurizon’s Goonyella coal rail system today after weeks of disruption following Cyclone Debbie and subsequent flooding.

The reopening sees all four of the rail operator’s Central Queensland Coal Network (CQCN) systems resume operations, albeit under restricted conditions and reduced capacity.

A company spokesperson says Aurizon’s maintenance, engineering and civil teams “worked tirelessly over the past four weeks to repair the significant infrastructure damage” caused by Cyclone Debbie.

“This includes major landslips which damaged track on Black Mountain, west of Mackay.

“The opening of this section today will allow coal services to operate from mines across the Goonyella system to export terminals at Hay Point and Dalrymple Bay.

“Aurizon acknowledges the assistance of customers and supply chain partners as we have worked through the recovery process to restore the network for the safe operation of services.”

Last week, the company reported an estimated $100-115 pre-tax earnings hit in FY2017 owing to operational disturbances caused by the cyclone.

Aurizon’s share price has shown a marginal improvement since dropping over three per cent last week to reach $5.10 on Monday.

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