Rolleston mine development earns its spur

<p>The Queensland Government has signed $230m worth of project contracts for the construction of a rail spur to service Xstrata’s recently unveiled Rolleston mine development.</p> <p>The 110-km Bauhinia spur will carry coal from the mine to existing Blackwater rail network at Kinrola.</p> <p>It will haul 3.2m tonnes of coal in the first year, lifting to 8m tonnes in 2008.</p> <p>Xstrata selected QR to construct the rail spur and haul the coal, after an open tender process, the government said.</p> <p>Transport minister Paul Lucas said the development means that some upgrading of the Blackwater system will be required.</p> <br />