Lucinda Bulk Sugar Terminal Tropical Cyclone Yasi Recovery, Australia

The largest single recovery effort in the wake of Cyclone Yasi

The Lucinda Bulk Sugar Terminal (LBST) is located on the North Queensland coastline and services export of raw sugar from the Herbert region. Its 5.76 kilometre long jetty and offshore wharf suffered significant wave damage following Tropical Cyclone Yasi (TC Yasi) as it crossed the coastline in the early hours of Thursday 3 February 2011.

Aurecon was engaged by Queensland Sugar Limited (QSL) to provide a full suite of services to initially report on feasibility of repairs to the facility, and then to plan, design and manage the recovery project.

The repair and re-commissioning of LBST's offshore facilities was one of, if not the largest single recovery effort in the wake of the much publicised TC Yasi.

The terminal was safely and successfully returned to full operations on time and on budget, to the satisfaction of all stakeholders, and subtly but importantly reconfigured in a way that it will be significantly more resilient in the face of the unlikely return of a similar event in the future.

The successful delivery of the project is a demonstration of Aurecon’s capability and desire to work closely with our client, QSL, to respond quickly to a devastating event, to assemble a highly effective multi-disciplinary and multi-functional team, and to apply intellectual rigour and innovation in its design and project delivery to the betterment of all stakeholders.

The engineering for the project built on Aurecon's experience in delivery of innovative and durable industrial port projects – a history in which the terminal's original offshore facilities' design and construction more than 30 years ago formed an important part. Coupled with that expertise was the desire to maximise the opportunity to learn from the damage caused from this rare event.

This project was highly commended for Best Practice in OH&S at the 2013 Australian Bulk Handling Awards and won the Excellence Award - at the 2013 Australian Engineering Excellence Awards.

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