Track Being Laid At Pike River’s Ikamatua Facility
1 October 2008
Rail Track Being Laid At Pike River’s Ikamatua Facility
Rail track is now being laid at the access point to the main rail system for Pike River coal deliveries from the West Coast to the export port at Lyttelton.
The access point is a $12 million rail loading facility alongside the main rail line near the small community of Ikamatua in the Grey Valley.
The civil works required at the site to build a foundation for laying a 1,700 metre rail loop have been completed. Installation of the rail track by the state rail system operator OnTrack, is now underway and due for completion within two months. The rail loading facility is 22 kilometres from the Pike River mine site and coal will be trucked from the recently-completed Coal Preparation Plant and stockpiled at the rail head ready for loading into coal wagons for the 250-kilometre journey to the export port of Lyttelton.
The trainsets, made up of either 30 or 45 wagons, can be loaded within one-and-a-half hours
In line with Pike River’s approach to minimising environmental effects, the rail loading facility is being built on unproductive land made up of old dredge tailings and partly screened by regenerating scrub and other plantings.
As production gets underway shortly, coal will initially be stockpiled at the Coal Preparation Plant before trucking starts to the rail loading facility in the New Year. Pike River expects to produce 200,000 tonnes of hard coking coal by the end of June 2009 with intermittent train loads being railed out from Ikamatua. When full production of one million tonnes a year starts from July 2009, trains will be loaded at the rate of one or two a day. 1 news release