AD70ACe/LCi locomotive for BHP Billiton.

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.