Pacific National Coal, a division of Asciano Limited (ASX: AIO), has taken out the Developmental Award for the delivery of its $110 million Greta Train Support Facility at the Australian Institute of Project Management's 2013 national Project Management Achievement Awards
The national Project Management Achievement Awards recognise excellence in program and project management, with the Developmental Award honouring projects that involve business initiative and the project management of innovation. Project Manager Phil Duvollet received the award on behalf of Pacific National's project team at the national award ceremony in Perth, Western Australia. The project was selected from a list of four state finalists.
Featuring groundbreaking design and innovation, the Greta facility supports Pacific National Coal's haulage operations in the Hunter Valley, New South Wales. The industry leading facility provides refueling, inspection and wagon maintenance services alongside a variety of other operational functions, increasing the efficiency of Pacific National's operations and providing significant additional capacity across the entire Hunter Valley Coal Chain.
Director of Pacific National Coal, David Irwin, said: "Pacific National Coal is proud to be publicly recognised for leadership in project management and technical excellence. This award is deserved recognition for our project and operations teams who have delivered and are operating a facility which I believe sets a new standard for industry."
Planning for the Greta Train Support Facility commenced in 2008 and included extensive consultation with key stakeholders and the local community to ensure potential environmental, noise and land impacts would be minimised.
In addition to incorporating an energy efficient design and setting new industry benchmarks for the efficient maintenance and provisioning of trains, over half of the 49-hectare site was preserved for native flora and fauna rehabilitation and conservation, and the project team went to great lengths to ensure the protection of the site's European heritage areas, as well as Indigenous artefacts recovered through the construction process.
The $110 million facility is capable of maintaining and provisioning up to 20 trains per day and was officially opened in December 2012. The AIPM is the peak professional organisation for professional project managers in Australia.
8 October 2013
Pacific National Coal has been highly commended for its employee health and wellbeing program at the 2013 Queensland Safe Work Awards.
The awards, held in Brisbane on 8 October, recognise and reward excellence and innovation in workplace safety solutions and systems. This year there were more than 20 finalists across seven categories.
Pacific National Coal took out the Highly Commended prize in the Best Workplace Health and Wellbeing Initiative category for PN Proactive – an all encompassing lifestyle initiative that provides real health and lifestyle benefits to our employees and their families.
It is part of a commitment to achieving the highest standards of employee health and safety and our pledge to getting all employees home safely, every day.
11 SEPTEMBER 2013
In September, Pacific National Coal confirmed its position as a Major Sponsor of RACQ CQ Rescue.
RACQ CQ Rescue provides its lifesaving service across a vast area of Queensland, generally in a 300km radius from Mackay which includes the majority of the Bowen Basin from Collinsville to Clermont – a region greater than four times the size of Tasmania.
Pacific National Coal General Manager Operations Queensland, Paul Griffin said, "We are excited to be announcing this partnership to the broader community."
"With a growing local workforce and a number of regional infrastructure projects currently underway, including the fast-tracked Nebo Train Support Facility expansion, Central Queensland is a strategic investment area for us."
"Our financial contribution is a key funding commitment under our FY 14 regional community investment program and we look forward to forging a close relationship with our newest community partner - CQ Rescue," said Mr Griffin.
RACQ CQ Rescue Relationships Manager Leonie Hansen said, "We are so pleased to be welcoming Pacific National Coal as our newest Major Sponsor of RACQ CQ Rescue. With the market in its current state, it is encouraging for us to know organisations operating in our area still realise the value of supporting our helicopter rescue service which has proven to be vital on so many occasions."
"Our service in particular, which operates at a cost of $6.5million per annum is continually seeking more support from within the community we serve and we're very grateful for Pacific National's generosity," said Mrs Hansen.
On average RACQ CQ Rescue carries out approximately 440 missions each year. The outcome for many patients would be dire without the services of the RACQ CQ Rescue helicopter in this vast region
13 August 2013
Pacific National Rail, a division of Asciano Limited (ASX: AIO), marked national Rail Safety Week with a new campaign aimed at educating school children about the importance of safety around railway tracks. Pacific National drivers across Australia will visit schools in rail corridors this week with a simple message – don't play around railway lines and if you do need to cross the track, STOP, LOOK, LISTEN, THINK.
The education campaign has been developed by Tracksafe, a not-for-profit foundation established by the Australian rail industry in March 2012 to reduce near collisions, injuries and fatalities on the rail network.
Pacific National is a major supporter of Tracksafe and has developed the education campaign as part of RailSafety Week, which is aimed at raising awareness of railway level crossing and track safety in local communities.
Angus McKay, Director of Pacific National Rail, says the campaign resonates strongly with Pacific National's train drivers, who worry about the issue of track safety almost every day.
"Dealing with the potential for human collisions on the railway corridor is one of the biggest fears of ourdrivers, who operate 10,000 tonne trains that are unable to stop quickly in local corridors. This campaign is a fun and rewarding way for our drivers to share their experiences with school kids and remind them of the dangers of playing in and around rail tracks."
He continued, "Accidents involving trains have a significant impact on local communities and also on the train drivers involved. Through this campaign we hope to engage with school children to help prevent future accidents by educating them about the importance of rail safety."
Rail Safety Week runs from 12-18 August and see 25 Pacific National drivers visit over 40 schools across New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia. The Pacific National campaign will reach over 3,000 school children aged 6-7, providing children with an insight into the job of a train driver and an activity book that educates them in a fun way about trains and rail safety.Railway safety remains one of the industry's highest safety priorities with Australia's rail network being the sixth largest in the world, with 44,000km of track and 23,500 level crossings. On this network there are a
reported 5,000 trespass incidents, 70 level crossing collisions, around 180 fatalities and thousands of near misses every year. All are a direct result of taking risks and disobeying the rules around railway lines and level crossings.
20 November 2012
Pacific National Coal fast tracks $20 million expansion of Nebo Train Maintenance Facility to meet customer demand.
Asciano's coal haulage division, Pacific National Coal, today commenced work on the $20 million expansion of its Nebo Train Maintenance Facility in regional QLD, to meet additional customer demand. more...
12 September 2012
This Friday, five competing companies will hook their locomotives together to travel from Keswick in Adelaide to Port Augusta and back as part of centenary celebrations significant to the rail industry and Australia's Federation. more...
11 September 2012
Asciano (ASX:AIO) advises today that its Pacific National Rail business has entered into a new agreement with Linfox Australia Pty Ltd (Linfox) for the continued provision of intermodal rail freight. more...
30 August 2012
Asciano's coal haulage division, Pacific National Coal, today officially unveiled its new state-of-the-art train maintenance and provisioning facility at Nebo in regional Queensland. more...
25 April 2012
Members of the Greta community hosted a morning tea this week to celebrate improved safety conditions for local school children and the wider community following the completion of road works between Price Street and Wyndham Street. more...
25 February 2012
Asciano (ASX: AIO) announces today that its Pacific National Coal haulage business has entered into a 15 year performance based take or pay contract with Springsure Creek Coal Pty Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Bandanna Energy (ASX: BND) for the annual movement of up to 4 million tonnes (mtpa) from its proposed Springsure Creek mine in Central Queenland. more...
23 December 2011
Asciano (ASX: AIO) announces today that its Pacific National Coal haulage business entered into a new 10 year performance based Australia (RTCA) for the annual movement and 0.5mtpa from its Kestrel coal mine in Asciano's existing haulage arrangements with RTCA. more...