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Whitehaven Coal Limited : Annual Report 2012
20 INFRASTRUCTURE Whitehaven continues to carefully manage and invest in its infrastructure requirements, including building port capacity and upgrading the existing rail network. The final stage of NCIG (2F) is on schedule for commissioning in mid-2013. This will take the port to its full capacity of 66 Mtpa by late 2013, of which Whitehaven's share will be approximately 6 Mtpa. Following the merger with Aston and the extension of the Tarrawonga JV, Whitehaven now has rolling 10-year port contracts with PWCS for 6.2 Mtpa. Whitehaven has also secured a total of 14.7 Mt in additional port capacity at Newcastle, spread over the period May 2012 to June 2016. This additional capacity covers the majority of planned growth in Whitehaven's coal exports during the period prior to the planned commissioning of the PWCS T4 facility, scheduled for 2016. Whitehaven has nominated to PWCS for additional capacity entitlements and has received entitlements of an additional 9.2 Mtpa from T4. This gives Whitehaven long-term entitlements of 21.4 Mtpa, following commissioning of T4. This capacity is sufficient for all of Whitehaven's growth plans except Vickery, for which capacity will be sought in due course via the annual T4 nomination process. Rail capacity is continuing to increase with the Whitehaven-owned coal train being fully utilised and two additional new Pacific National (PN) trains now operational. Trials are progressing well to increase new train size from 72 wagons to 82 wagons. This would increase train size from 5,400 tonnes to 6,150 tonnes (+14%) with enhanced utilisation of track capacity. Whitehaven has rail track capacity in place for current and medium-term needs and is working actively with Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) to ensure planned upgrades are available to meet Whitehaven's needs, consistent with the ARTC track expansion works program. Above rail capacity is in place with the Whitehaven owned train and haulage services provided by Pacific National for more than 10 Mt. The Company is currently tendering for additional above rail services to cater for the Maules Creek, Vickery and existing Open Cut mine production increases. G T' O MANAGING DIRECTOR'S REPORT
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