Stage one of $2.5b WICET project takes a major step forward

The 350-tonne, 23-metre high surge bin is lifted into position, at Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal site. Photo Contributed
The 350-tonne, 23-metre high surge bin is lifted into position, at Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal site. Photo Contributed Contributed

WIGGINS Island Coal Export Terminal's (WICET) has installed another key piece of project infrastructure, as stage one construction of the $2.5 billion project reaches 70% completion.

Weighing 350 tonnes and sitting approximately 23m high, the surge bin will assist in the smooth loading of coal from the stockpiles for export once it is commissioned on site by John Holland.

Works took a major step forward last week when the towering steel structure was moved from the on-site laydown area to its permanent location using a self-propelled modular transporter.

"A large number of steel structures are now being installed," WICET general manager for project delivery Malcolm McPhan said.

"This is dramatically changing the look of the WICET skyline, with the coal stockyard trestles and gantries now starting to dominate the site."

The civil and earthworks associated with the rail receival area, located south of Gladstone-Mt Larcom Rd, reached completion late last month.

WICET construction is planned for completion in late 2014, with first coal shipments in 2015.

WICET will initially have a coal export capacity of 27 million tonnes a year.

The 350-tonne, 23-metre high surge bin is transported into place at the jetty approach, at Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal site. Photo Contributed
The 350-tonne, 23-metre high surge bin is transported into place at the jetty approach, at Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal site. Photo Contributed Contributed

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