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GBRf enters coal market
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date
26 May 2006
source GB Railfreight
type Press release



Freight haulier agrees commercial terms with Drax Power Limited

GB Railfreight will soon be hauling coal thanks to an agreement with Drax Power Limited.

The parties have signed ‘Heads of Terms’ for the movement of imported coal from the Port of Tyne to Drax Power station near Selby, North Yorkshire.

GBRf’s move into the UK’s largest bulk freight sector will begin during the first quarter of 2007. The freight haulier will use its fleet of class 66 locomotives and new purpose built wagons.

GBRf’s Strategic Development Director Jonathan Moser said he was absolutely delighted that GBRf had secured its place in coal.

Coal was one of the few major markets from which GBRf was absent. Moser was brought to the company in October 2005 to use his considerable experience to help the company develop its involvement in the hugely important market.

“I came to GBRf with the objective to help the company move into coal. We have now achieved that, thanks to a lot of hard work all round,” he said.

Moser added: “I am also extremely pleased that we will be working with Drax Power – who operate the UK’s largest and most efficient coal-fired power station.”

GBRf’s new wagons will be high capacity coal hoppers with track friendly bogies that enable them to move anywhere on Britain’s rail system. It is expected that the company will place the order for the vehicles very soon.

Moser believes that coal, like GBRf, has a bright future. “Coal is not the dinosaur many sceptics have suggested,” he said. “On the contrary, with clean coal technology and alternative forms of generation either costing more or not being 100% dependable, I believe coal now has a very definite role to play within the UK’s future energy mix.”

“There is, however, an on going challenge for all the UK freight operating companies. Delivery distances have dramatically increased as coal buying patterns have changed over recent years. This has resulted in extremely complex week to week operational train plans which necessitate an ever increasing degree of cooperation between the various companies involved in supplying coal by rail. What we must all never forget is that our prime objective is to serve our customers with as a reliable and efficient delivery service as possible.”

Dorothy Thompson, chief executive of Drax Power Limited said: “We are very much looking forward with GB Railfreight. In our business it is critical that we maintain reliable and secure supplies of coal and this agreement will be an important element of our risk management in this area.”
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Note to editors:
• GB Railfreight is part of FirstGroup plc.
• Woodhouse Communications issued this release on behalf of GB Railfreight.
• For more information about GBRf contact Paul Lawson of Woodhouse on 01444 473588 or email paul@woodhousecommunications.co.uk.
• For more information about Drax Power contact Melanie Wedgbury of Drax Power on 01757 618381


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