18 November 2009 - The Abbot Point Coal Terminal X25 Expansion project was recently named the Bulk Handling Facility of the Year (Resources and Infrastructure category) at the Australian Bulk Handling Awards.
In a joint submission, Aurecon Hatch with John Holland and North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation, was recognised for delivering the most outstanding bulk handling facility servicing the resources sector – including mines, grains, commodities, ports and terminals.
The project involved increasing the terminal capacity from 21 Mtpa to 25 Mtpa. Work included construction of a second rail dump station and inloading stream with a capacity of 6,000 tph, together with upgrading of the outloading stream from 4,000 tph to 6,000 tph.
All of the work took place in a ‘brownfield’ environment with minimal disruption to the existing operation. The project was delivered safely and on schedule despite some severe adverse weather. Project Leader Hugh McKay said, “The award is testament to the hard work and dedication of a very committed project team.”
“The project was delivered at a time of unprecedented growth in the construction industry and the cooperative approach adopted by the parties was a key to the successful delivery,” Hugh added.
Design has been completed of the next stage of the Abbot Point Coal Terminal expansion to 50 Mtpa and construction is well advanced and due for completion by the middle of 2010.