The 50:50 JV will complete bulk earthworks and civil works for the port, which will be located immediately to the west of the existing RG Tanna coal terminal in Gladstone Harbour.
Stage 1 of WICET is designed for a 27 million tonnes per annum throughput and includes a rail receival facility, a 5.5 kilometre overland conveyor, coal stockyard, access roads and bridges, a 2km jetty and a single berth coal loading wharf.
The JV’s scope of work includes approximately 3.5 million cubic metres ofÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¯€ bulk earthworks, 75,000cu.m concrete piled foundations and 2000 piles, 6km of reclamation bunds, a 3km access road and drainage, reclaim and service tunnels, gantry and foundation beams and the construction of sheet piled barge wharf.
The coal export terminal will have over 80Mtpa capacity when fully developed and will service Queensland coal producers in the Surat and Bowen basins.
Work will begin shortly on the project and is expected to be completed by June 2013.
“This project provides great continuity for our people and resources currently constructing the Port of Gladstone Western Basin expansion, where we established one of the largest quarries in Queensland and constructed 8km of seawall bunds,” Abigroup Queensland general manager Steve Abson said.
This article first appeared in Construction Industry News.