Freshly rebranded rail haulage company Aurizon has announced it has secured a new performance-based contract with Rio Tinto Coal Australia.


The haulage company formally known as QR National, signed the contract with the mining giant for a the haulage of coal from the Clermont Mine operation to the Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal (DBCT).


Aurizon Managing Director & CEO Lance Hockridge announced the ten year agreement, effective from July 2013, for haulage of up to 12 million tonnes per annum (mtpa). This replaces haulage capacity from an existing 2004 agreement between Aurizon (then QR Coal) and RTCA that expires at the end of June 2013.


“Aurizon is delighted to secure this haulage contract which leverages our scale in Queensland for the benefit of Rio Tinto,” he said.


“We’re pleased to support Rio Tinto’s ramp up of Clermont Mine which opened in 2010 and extending its longterm presence in the Queensland coal business. This is a large-volume, high-performance, flexible contract that underlines the confidence in Aurizon’s ability to deliver on commitments to customers.”