GE Celebrates Roy Hill Milestone; First GE Evolution Locomotive Christened
PORT HEDLAND, AUSTRALIA – March 24, 2015 — GE has celebrated the christening of the first GE Evolution Series Heavy Haul locomotive to arrive in Port Hedland to service the $10 billion Roy Hill iron ore project. Locomotive 1001 was christened today during a ceremony with Mrs. Gina Rinehart, Chairwoman of Roy Hill.
In partnership with UGL Limited, GE has provided 14 out of a total of 21 locomotives to be delivered by the end of 2016. The locomotives will haul 55 million tonnes per annum of iron ore on 334 kilometers of railway between the Roy Hill mine and Port Hedland at peak production.
“We congratulate Roy Hill on hitting a significant milestone today on the road to its first iron ore shipment by the end of this year,” said Dwight Van Roy, Executive General Manager - Rail at GE Transportation Australia. “With our partner UGL, we are proud to provide Roy Hill with world-class technology that will help support efficient and reliable production for the project. Our goal is to help Roy Hill get the most out of every trip.”
GE delivered its first train to the Pilbara in 1965, and today has more than 600 fuel-efficient, long-haul locomotives in Australia.
Part of a 10-year, $400 million research and development investment by GE Transportation, the GE Evolution Series is designed for efficiency and reliability in the harshest environments. The locomotives use up to five percent less fuel, feature a high-temperature cooling system to cope with temperatures that regularly hit 55 degrees Celsius in the Pilbara, as well as dynamic breaking technology that can reduce wear and tear by between 20 and 40 percent.