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BHP Billiton places large heavy haul locomotive order

02 Mar 2012

AUSTRALIA: Downer EDI has been awarded a five-year contract to supply a minimum of 80 Electro-Motive Diesel SD70ACe/LCi locomotives for BHP Billiton Iron Ore's heavy haul network in Western Australia. 

The A$292m agreement announced on March 2 has options which could take the total value to more than A$400m.  

The locomotives will be built by EMD, with partner Downer EDI providing local support. The first are expected to be delivered during the second quarter of 2012.

The SD70ACe/LCi is a derivative of the SD70ACe for the North America market, adapted for Australia's high temperatures as well as low clearances under iron ore loading and unloading equipment.