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WICET – Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal – Queensland - Project Profile

WICET – Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal – Queensland - Project Profile


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Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal (WICET) Pty Ltd is planning to undertake the construction of Terminal project in Queensland, Australia.

The WICET consortium is formed by Aquila Resources, Bandanna Energy, Caledon Resources, Cockatoo Coal, Northern Energy Corporation, Wesfarmers Curragh, Yancoal and Xstrata Coal.

The project involves the construction of a coal export terminal with a capacity of 80 million tons per year (MTPA). It is planned to be developed in three phases to match forecast coal export demand by effectively doubling existing coal export capacity at Gladstone.

The first phase of the project will deliver approximately 27MTPA and will reflect coal user requirements, whereas the remaining 53MTPA will be delivered in the further two phases.

The first phase included the construction of new rail lines and upgrading of existing lines to service the new Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal (WICET). This phase was executed in phased manner.

The Wiggins Island Rail Project (WIRP) as a part of first phase of WICET involves five rail infrastructure segments.

The first segment involved the construction of a 13km rail balloon loop near Yarwun to enable unloading of coal for the new WICET port facility, Triplication of 3.5km of the NCL through Yarwun to connect to the Wiggins Island Balloon Loop, and the construction of 2.5km holding track at Aldoga. the second segment included the construction of two holding tracks (approx. 5.5km) at Kabra, the upgrade of existing rail formation to the east of the Moura system is the third segment, the duplication of 18km of track between Rocklands and Stanwell, and of 24km of track between Dingo and Bluff in the fourth segment and upgrade of 16km access road, the construction of a 2km passing loop and two access easements on the Bauhinia Line between Kinrola and Sirius Creek in the fifth and final segment.

The second phase will include the construction of a new rail spur to connect the existing North Coast railway line to the coal stockpile, a coal stockpile facility, an overland conveyor to safely transport coal from the stockpile to the ship loading facility and a new ship loading facility.

Gladstone Ports Corporation has been appointed as study consultant for the project.

In April 2005, AureconHatch (formerly known as Connell Hatch), a joint venture formed by Aurecon and Hatch, was appointed to provide environmental impact assessment (EIA) and preliminary design for the project.

BMD Group (BMD) has been awarded the civil works contracts for the terminal’s rail receivable facility and upgrades to Gladstone-Mt Larcom Road. The rail receivable facility is designed to handle 7,600 tonnes of coal per hour and is connected to the terminal stockyard by a 5.5km overland conveyor.

BMD will also undertake civil and structural works within the Gladstone-Mt Larcom Road corridor including roadwork and bridges for public and project related use.

The earthworks contract has been awarded to AGJV, a joint venture between Abigroup and Golding; and Civil Mining Construction.

In August 2011, Joint Venture of Van Oord Australia and Dredging International Australia (DEME) was awarded as dredging contractor for the project.

In September 2011, the preparatory work on the first phase was initiated after achieving financial closure.

In October 2011, Worley Parsons was appointed as procurement, construction and management (PMC) contractor for the first phase of the project, whose scope of work includes procurement, construction management, commissioning and handover.

In December 2011, Monadelphous Muhibbah Marine (MMM) company, formed by the joint venture of Monadelphous Group Ltd and Muhibbah Construction Pty Ltd, a subsidiary of Malaysian-based marine contractor Muhibbah Engineering (M) Bhd, has awarded a US$320 million contract for first phase of the project.

The scope of the contract is to construct a 1.8km approach jetty and ship berth for first phase of the terminal including a wharf, wharf conveyor, berthing and mooring dolphins, ship access platforms, jetty conveyor (including the section onshore) and transfer tower.

PDC Consultants was appointed by the Monadelphous to provide Building Information Modelling (BIM) consultancy services for the project.

On February 10, 2012, John Holland was appointed as contractor for construction works on the stockyards for the first phase for US$235 million. The contract package includes the supply and construction of structural, mechanical, piping, electrical and instrumentation associated with the in-loading, stacking, reclaiming and out-loading systems. It also includes the installation of 13 pre-fabricated substations, and the project’s main electrical, control, communication and piping reticulation.

On April 2, 2012 the Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal Pty Ltd awarded two contracts worth US$135 million to Monadelphous Group Limited on the first phase of the project. The scope of the first contract covers the construction and commissioning of a ship loader. This follows the previously announced contract for the WICET Project.

The second contract covers supply of fabricated steelwork and mechanical components for the stacker bridges and runway support gantries associated with the WICET coal stockyard.

On June 22, 2012, Abigroup appointed as the civil works contractor for Balloon Loop of the project.

In October 2012, ABB was awarded a contract to provide complete electrical and automation systems for the conveyors at a new coal export terminal.

Construction work on Moura System was completed in 2013 and that of Balloon Loop in the fourth quarter of 2013.

In February 2014, 80% work on the first phase was completed.

In March 2014, International Coal was approved as a B Class shareholder in the WICET consortium. Under the deal, it plans to drill a small three to four hole program to test the depth and thickness of expected Bandanna coal seam intersections in EPC 2327 and 2318.

In April 2015, WICET completed the first phase of the project.

WICET has all the environmental and operating permits in place to increase the capacity to 80MTPA. Planning activities are underway for the second and third phases as WICET is yet to reach final investment decision.

Stakeholder Information:
Planning Authority: Central Queensland Ports Authority (CQPA)
EIA Consultant: Aurecon Hatch (Formerly known as Connell Hatch)
Preliminary Engineering Design Contractor: Aurecon Hatch
Study Consultant: Gladstone Ports Corporation (GPC)
PMC Contract (Phase I): Worley Parsons
BIM Consultancy Contract: PDC Consultants
Earthworks Contract: Abigroup and Golding; and Civil Mining Construction
Dredging Contract: Van Oord Australia and Dredging International Australia
EPC Contract (Phase I, Approach jetty and ship berth): Monadelphous Muhibbah Marine
EPC Contract (Phase I, Ship loader): Monadelphous Group Limited
Civil Contract (Balloon Loop): Abigroup
Civil Contract (Rocklands to Stanwell): Leighton Contractors
Civil Contract: BMD Group, John Holland
Supply Contract (Electrical and Automation systems): ABB
Supply Contractor (Steel Work Phase I): Monadelphous Group Limited


The project involves the construction of coal export terminal of capacity 80MTPA on Wiggins Island, Gladstone, Queensland, Australia.

The US$9,000 million project includes the following:

1. Construction of coal export terminal facilities of capacity 27MTPA in first phase

2. Construction of coal export terminal facilities of capacity 53MTPA in second and third phases

3. Construction of 13km rail balloon loop

4. Construction of 10km additional rail track

5. Construction of 18km of track between Rocklands and Stanwell

6. Construction of 23.9km of track between Dingo and Bluff

7. Installation of safety and security systems

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