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ODG Rail wins $96.5m signalling contract


Electrical engineering group O’Donnell Griffin (ODG), part of Norfolk Group Ltd (ASX: NFK), has been awarded a $96.5 million rail signalling contract for work on BHP Billiton’s Rapid Growth Project 5.

This brings ODG’s total contracts for Electrical & Rail-related works on the development to more than $149 million since November 2002, demonstrating its long-term relationship with BHP Billiton Iron Ore and underlining the robust operational strength and growth of its ODG Rail division.

The Rail contract is expected to run until the end of calendar year 2010. It is focussed on the expansion of the current signalling installation to improve transit times from mine to port.

David Howe, General Manager of O’Donnell Griffin Rail, said, “We are pleased to be involved with RGP5, given its importance to the ongoing mining focus in WA and further enhances our reputation in the North West to deliver challenging and complex turn-key solutions projects

“The contract for each phase has also been won in very difficult and competitive contracting environments and is due to a recognized ability of ODG Rail to deliver what it says it will.

“We value this contract highly and look forward to further enhancing the strong working relationship built over the past two decades.”

O’Donnell Griffin Rail’s expansion in the North West and nationally, is timely given the expected investment and long-term development of the infrastructure sector in Australia and overseas.

This contract award follows other significant rail contract wins, including the $1 billion Novo Rail Railcorp Program Alliance (NSW) and the ONTRACK electrification upgrade project in Wellington (NZ).

O’Donnell Griffin is part of the Electrical & Communications division of Norfolk, an ASX listed company.

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