Big bin arrives as coal terminal work continues on track

A 350-tonne, 23-metre high surge bin delivered to WICET will be instrumental in loading coal from stockpiles for export.
A 350-tonne, 23-metre high surge bin delivered to WICET will be instrumental in loading coal from stockpiles for export. Murray Ware

BIG things keep arriving at Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal, the latest a 350-tonne surge bin delivered this week.

Sitting about 23 metres high, the surge bin will assist in the smooth loading of coal from the stockpiles for export, following its installation and commissioning by John Holland.

The towering steel structure, delivered by John Holland/Leighton Asia JV on behalf of John Holland, was unloaded at Auckland Point Wharf and transported by barge to the WICET site.

The surge bin was then offloaded from the barge to the project site using a self-propelled modular transporter.

WICET general manager for project development Gerry Randell said the latest steel infrastructure shipment represented another significant delivery for the $3 billion project, following the recent arrival of stacker gantries.

Stage one construction of WICET has passed the halfway mark, with construction planned for completion in early 2015 - just beyond the original 2014 target.

A joint venture between Abigroup and Golding Contractors is carrying out civil works for stage one, in a $290 million contract with the developers.

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



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