A 344km railway is needed to Port Hedland, and the mine expects to produce 55MTPA.
See The Australian newspaper of 27 Dec 2013, page 14.
A search of RP, revealed no earlier mention of the "Roy Hill" project.
I think there is an issue with the search function today. There is a news item or a number on the roy hill project. Has it now been green lighted?
|WASHINGTON – The Export-Import Bank of the United States has authorized a $694.4 million loan to Roy Hill Holdings of Australia, contingent upon the purchase of U.S. mining and rail equipment from General Electric and Caterpillar Inc.|
The exported equipment will contribute to the development of the Roy Hill iron ore mine, an open-pit surface mine in the Pilbara region of northwestern Australia. The mine sits approximately 280 kilometers south of Port Hedland.
The financing increases the likelihood that GE will furnish locomotives to transport the iron ore to the port. “[Export-Import] Bank’s support of the Roy Hill’s Australian iron-ore project represents a major milestone for the mining industry and U.S. job growth,” says Russell Stokes, president and CEO of GE Transportation. “Further, it’s testament to the great outcomes that can be achieved through collaboration of federal and private sector leadership. We’re thrilled to have our locomotives leading the charge and enabling transport efficiencies.”
The loan also increases the likelihood that Caterpillar will provide surface-mining equipment for the project.
The Export-Import Bank of the United States is an independent federal agency that creates and maintains U.S. jobs by filling gaps in private export financing at no cost to taxpayers. The agency provides a variety of financing mechanisms, including working-capital guarantees, export-credit insurance, and financing to help foreign buyers purchase U.S. goods and services. In the past fiscal year, it earned more than $1 billion above the cost of operations.
At least one of the ES44AC units had CSX type GE steering trucks, suggesting that it might have been modified from a Broadway Limited AC 6000. The NR class all appeared to be Austrains, but the other units appeared to be scratch built. The cabs were not Austrains NR cabs. The 5020 seemed to be sitting higher on its trucks than it should, suggesting that it had bogies from a US Domestic model.
Appears they just got a standard ES44 model and painted it up. Wonder who they sourced some of the others from....
Windscreen is rectangular and not Rio / HI / SD70M shaped. I don't have any further details other than loco 1 looks to be complete.