Whitehaven, Leighton ink deal

Groups enter into contract for construction of Maules Creek project rail loop.

Whitehaven Coal (WHC) has entered into a contract with Leighton Contractors (LEI) to construction the rail loop for the Maules Creek mine.

In a statement to the Australian Securities Exchange, Whitehaven said the rail loop is a key part of the mine infrastructure and the longest lead time item for the project.

Whitehaven chief executive officer Paul Flynn said this was a very important milestone for the project.

"Once the mine begins production in the first quarter of calendar 2015 it will strengthen the company's position as a major low cost coal producer in Australia," Mr Flynn said. 

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