AURIZON has signed a five-year logistics services contract with Lynas Rare Earths.

Aurizon has been providing transport services to Lynas since 2015, moving rare earth concentrate from Mount Weld to Aurizon’s rail loading facility and container terminal at Leonora, and then railing it through to Fremantle Port.

The newly inked contract extends Aurizon’s contract to service the new Rare Earths Processing Facility project which is due to be operational by mid-2023.

This includes the transport of concentrate to the new plant, and the railing of rare earth carbonate from Kalgoorlie to Fremantle Port.

Aurizon general manager iron ore and Central West Anna Dartnell said the company started moving product for Lynas in 2015

“We are delighted to extend our relationship with this new contract through to 2026,” she said.

“Our business is able to provide whole of supply chain solutions for our customers, supported by locally-based facilities and a talented regional workforce. Aurizon’s scale also allows us to rapidly support the exciting growth plans of Lynas, one of the world’s leading suppliers of rare earths.“

Ms Dartnell said Aurizon is continuing to expand its business to tap into the rapidly growing demand for future-facing commodities such as rare earths, copper and lithium, together with traditional industries such as grain and agricultural inputs.

In October 2021, Aurizon commenced a 10-year haulage and maintenance contract for CBH in Western Australia. Aurizon is adding extra train capacity and bringing its operational expertise to put more grain on rail in what promises to be one of the largest harvests on record in Western Australia.