QR National has awarded a $76 million contract for the Wiggins Island Rail Project, one of Australia's largest rail infrastructure projects.
Abigroup has been appointed by QR National to undertake the civil works for the 13 kilometre balloon loop near Gladstone, where coal trains will be unloaded at the Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal.
QR National Network Executive Vice President Michael Carter said it was the first major contract for the Wiggins Island Rail Project which is scheduled to start railings for customers from mid-2014.
"The signing of this contract is a significant milestone for the project. It means Abigroup can hit the ground and have earthworks underway in coming weeks," Mr Carter said.
"The Balloon Loop is one of six key worksites for Stage One of WIRP. The other five are the Rocklands to Stanwell Duplication, Dingo to Bluff Duplication, Moura East upgrade, North Coast Line upgrade and Bauhinia North Branch upgrade.