Recognition for world-leading Gladstone terminal

Source: Engineers Australia - 


29 September 2016

Engineers Australia: World-leading port infrastructure has seen Gladstone’s Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal receive high-level recognition at the Australian Engineering Excellence Awards, Queensland.

The Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal – the first greenfield coal export terminal developed in Queensland in 20 years – has received a major award, in the “Resource Development” category, for its commitment to creating employment and establishing world-best-practice standards for the health and safety of employees and the community.

“The Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal is a superb example of innovative engineering, in many different ways,” said Ian McEwan, General Manager of Engineers Australia’s Queensland Division.

“It strikes a balance between maximising the economic viability of new mines and the ongoing growth of existing mines in central Queensland.

“One of the features of the terminal is its massive gantry stacker, which is the only one of its type in the world. It stands at more than 35m tall and is capable of stacking product received from a 102-wagon train in one hour. This has revolutionised the port’s operations.”

The engineering services for the Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal project were delivered by a joint venture between consulting engineering companies Aurecon and Hatch.

Aurecon’s Technical Director, Resources and Manufacturing Services, Michael Argent said: “The award for this project is significant because it recognises more than 10 years of innovation and collaboration in bringing such a unique facility to life.

“The Australian Engineering Excellence Awards, Queensland has long been and remains an important vehicle for showcasing not only the world-leading skills of Australian engineers, but also the value they bring to communities and the economy.”



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