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Video, photos: Bechtel equipment auctioned off cheap

Auctioneer Russell Keast kept the pace moving.
Auctioneer Russell Keast kept the pace moving. Mike Richards

A BIG crowd turned out for the first live auction of the Bechtel demobilisation in Gladstone yesterday with more than 280 international, interstate and local bidders competing for 333 lots.

Bechtel auctioned the equipment, from cars, copper cables, toolboxes, shipping containers, lighting towers and power generators because it was easier than transporting it to other jobs.

Bidding was broadcast online with most of the equipment heading interstate and overseas for other construction sites.

Auction house Hassalls director Chris Hassall said 89% of the equipment was leaving Queensland.

"A lot is going in trucks to New South Wales because they are in a construction boom," he said.

Bechtel general manager Kevin Berg said the prices the lots were selling for was a fraction of the price paid.

"We bought quality and the shape the gear is in makes it good value," he said.

"I'm not only (impressed with the auction) I am having fun."

Caught up in the excitement was Baffle Creek resident Herman Van Be Beek.

’It is always sad wrapping up a job. You get to know people and at the end of the day it is goodbye. It’s the nature of the construction industry.‘ BECHTEL GM KEVIN BERG, with Chris Hassall
’It is always sad wrapping up a job. You get to know people and at the end of the day it is goodbye. It’s the nature of the construction industry.‘ BECHTEL GM KEVIN BERG, with Chris Hassall

"I was going to look at a little generator but these ones are too big," he said.

"I took the hour drive up and should've brought some beer with me to watch the auctions."

Topics:  bechtel, cheap, equipment, gladstone




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