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APLNG Material Offloading Facility

Location: Curtis Island, Gladstone, QLD
Client: Bechtel Australia (Oil and Gas)
Commencement Date: June 2011
Completion Date: December 2012
Contract Value: $115 million

The project team established a procurement system on site that significantly increased rock delivery.

APLNG Materials Offloading Facility is located on Curtis Island, which is within Gladstone Harbour.

Project Scope
BMD Constructions is engaged to design and construct the Materi als Offloading Facility. The work involves the design and construction of a Roll-on Roll-off (Ro-Ro) and Lift-on Lift-off (Lo-Lo) wharf on Curtis Island and is part of early works to facilitate the delivery of materials for the construction of the LNG plant.

The scope of works includes:

  • Marine based piling construction of a 230m long HZ combi wall;
  • Installation of 30m anchor ties between walls within tidal zones;
  • Supply and transport of 300,000 tonnes of rock fill;
  • Placement of the rock fill behind the walls together with associated earthworks;
  • Potential acid sulphate soils excavation and management;
  • Heavy pavement construction;
  • Concrete construction of capping beam and slab over water;
  • Marine based piling and installation of berthing dolphins and fenders; and
  • Installation of navigation aids within shipping channel


Posted in Gladstone Construction, Infrastructure, News |

Southern Expressway Duplication


LOCATION: Southern Adelaide, SA
CONTRACT VALUE: $407 million (total project value)
CONSTRUCTION PERIOD: Dec 2011 – June 2014
PROJECT DELIVERY: Design and Construct
CLIENT: Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure
REFEREE: Lou George, Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure

The Southern Expressway is in one of the most significant transport corridors in the fast-growing southern suburbs of Adelaide.

The Southern Expressway Duplication project will do much more than increase the capacity of the expressway: it will provide the infrastructure for transforming Adelaide’s southern region and create opportunities for local people and businesses.

The project will include the design and construction of 18.5kms of roadway alongside the existing expressway carriageway to provide a two-way road from Darlington to Old Noarlunga to the south of Adelaide. The new carriageway will have four city-bound lanes from Darlington to Reynella and two lanes from Reynella to Old Noarlunga.

The project will also include the duplication of existing interchanges, road and pedestrian bridges. Construction started in December 2011 and is scheduled for completion by mid 2014.

The Southern Expressway Duplication project is being delivered through a 50/50 joint venture between Baulderstone and Abigroup (BAJV).

Designers KBR and Hyder are a fully integrated part of the BAJV team. They have extensive roads and structures experience, particularly in the design and construct space and have strong, existing relationships with our construction team.

Posted in Construction South Australia, Infrastructure, News |

Pacific Highway Upgrade – Tintenbar to Ewingsdale

Project snapshot
Contractors: Lend Lease
Form of contract: Design and construct contract
Start date of major construction: Mid 2012
Expected completion date: First half of 2015 (weather permitting)
Project value: $862 million
Australian Government contribution: $566.1 million *
NSW State Government contribution: $295.9 million *

The Tintenbar to Ewingsdale section of the Pacific Highway upgrade is approximately 17 kilometres in length starting at the northern end of the Ballina bypass at Ross Lane and extending to the Ewingsdale interchange.

The project was approved for construction in January 2010.

Lend Lease have been awarded the contract to design and build the project.


  • Improved road safety.
  • Uninterrupted highway traffic flow.
  • Easy access on and off the highway for local traffic.

Key features

  • Interchanges for motorists to safely enter and exit the highway.
  • A four lane divided road, with a wide median allowing for the future addition of a third lane in each direction when required.
  • A motorway standard highway with a 110 km/h speed limit and no access for traffic between interchanges.
  • Separated local traffic and highway traffic by providing a continuous alternative local road link between Tintenbar and Ewingsdale for school buses and motorists who do not wish to use the upgraded highway.

What’s happening from January to March 2014

  • Environmental management, bulk earthwork and drainage installation.
  • Retaining wall construction at Skinners Creek, Martins Lane West, Bangalow Rd and in Tinderbox Valley
  • Controlled open-cut blasting at Minor Creek, Arundel Hill, Ewingsdale and St Helena twin tunnels.
  • Continued construction of bridges at Minor Creek, Emigrant Creek, Broken Head Road, Skinners Creek, Access Road D at Bangalow, Bangalow Road, Byron Creek and Tinderbox Creek including out-of-hours concrete deck pours.
  • Construction of the tunnel control centre underground water storage tanks on St Helena Road.
    Rock crushing operations at Minor Creek, Arundel Hill, Bangalow, William Flick Lane and the tunnel portals.
  • Construction of interchange works on Bangalow Road.
  • Opening of three new local access roads in Newrybar and Bangalow.
  • Diversion of traffic onto new Broken Head Rd bridge.
  • Construction of Pacific Highway southbound and northbound on-ramps at Myocum and Ewingsdale.
  • Construction of interchange works at Myocum Rd and Ewingsdale Rd.
  • Woodford Lane upgrade works
  • Commencement of concrete paving operations (including out of hours saw cutting) at various locations across the project.

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Gateway additional lanes project

The Gateway Additional Lanes project is the first stage in a proposed six lane upgrade of the Gateway Motorway north of Brisbane. Designed to be consistent with planning for future works, it involves the construction of an additional lane over approximately 2.5 km of the northbound carriageway from Sandgate Road to the Deagon Deviation, replacement of two existing road bridges over Cabbage Tree Creek (northbound and southbound), widening of the existing northbound bridge over Depot Road, and construction of a new off-ramp bridge.

The narrow and constrained site adjacent to the live motorway presented unique challenges when it came to safe pitching of the very long single lengths of PSC piles in a way that ensured zero harm to workers and commuters, while minimising delays on the busy motorway. This challenge drove the team to develop and implement a new and innovative mechanical lift connection using cast in block-outs in the pile (a TMR approved deviation from the rigid rules on standard pile design).

The project team worked collaboratively with temporary work designers to devise an elevated temporary structure which allowed its assembly from behind creek banks with crawler cranes. This elevated structure allowed for 13 piles to be pitched in one work shift, which greatly reduced temporary traffic closures and disturbance to the marine environment.


Posted in Brisbane Construction, Infrastructure, News |

Go Alliance

IntroducIng the go Alliance

Brisbane City Council has partnered with BMD Constructions and SMEC Australia to form the Geebung Overpass (GO) Alliance to deliver the Robinson Road Open Level Crossing Replacement Project. The appointment of the alliance in October 2012 followed Council and the Queensland Government’s commitment to jointly fund the $199 million priority project. The project will involve constructing a new road-over-rail overpass connecting Robinson Road East and Robinson Road West.

Land Acquisitions

The process of finalising land acquisitions for the project is currently underway. All properties subject to full or partial resumptions have been identified and discussions with landowners have taken place. The land acquisition process is anticipated to be complete by mid-2013. Once properties required for the project have been acquired, the vacant buildings are removed from the site. Progressive building removal works have been ongoing since Se

The $199 million Robinson Road Open Level Crossing Replacement will deliver an important east-west connection by providing a new road-over-rail overpass, connecting Robinson Road East and Robinson Road West. Jointly funded by Brisbane City Council and the Queensland Government, the project will improve safety, connectivity and travel times and reduce road congestion in the area. The project is a part of Council’s Moving Brisbane program which reduces congestion by investing in transport infrastructure, as well as active and public transport solutions. The Queensland Government’s strategic plan has also identified the removal of this level crossing as a key priority for safety, efficiency and reliability. Brisbane City Council has partnered with BMD Constructions and SMEC Australia to form the Geebung Overpass (GO) Alliance to deliver the project by late 2014.

Working With Queensland Rail

The GO Alliance team is working closely with Queensland Rail to ensure the detailed design meets the requirements of existing and future Queensland Rail infrastructure. For example, the height of the overpass will be determined by the required clearance between the bridge and Queensland Rail’s overhead power lines. The project will include a new dedicated pedestrian overpass to provide safe access to the station and across the rail corridor. To minimise disruption to freight and passenger services, some night and weekend works will be required for construction. Every effort will be made to carry out the works with minimal disruption to the community. Residents will be advised of night works in advance.

Design Process

The GO Alliance started building on the reference design in October 2012 to develop the detailed design. To view the reference design go to Council’s website at and search for ‘Robinson Road’. The detailed design will address all areas of the project such as the overpass, intersections, pedestrian and cycle links, property access and the hydrology of the area. Any possible improvement or enhancements to the reference design will be identified during this progress. The detailed design is expected to be finalised by mid-2013, however it is now detailed enough for early works to start.

Multifix Constructions Currently has a crew working on the Go Alliance.


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Wiggins Island Project

What is the WICET project?

The WICET project involves the construction of a new coal export terminal at Golding Point, to the west of the existing RG Tanna Coal Terminal in Gladstone Harbour. This important coal transport infrastructure will form part of the existing Port of Gladstone.Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal Pty Ltd (WICET) has been developed by a consortium of coal exporters of which eight are

Stage One owners:

• Aquila Resources

• Bandanna Energy

• Caledon Resources

• Cockatoo Coal

• Northern Energy Corporation (New Hope Coal)

• Wesfarmers Curragh

• Yancoal

• Xstrata Coal (Rolleston Joint Venture).

Increasing demand for coal is driving Australia’s coal export market,and worldwide demand is expected to continue to grow significantly. In order to meet this demand, greater export capacity is required. WICET has the combined support of the Queensland Government, Gladstone Ports Corporation and other infrastructure providers to deliver the terminal using an industry-owned and privately funded structure. Once fully commissioned, WICET will effectively double coal export capacity at the Port of Gladstone.


WICET has the potential to be one of the largest terminals of its kind, using modern technology to assist Queensland coal exporting to be competitive and meet high environmental standards.

Construction for Stage One of the terminal will include:

• A rail receival facility designed to handle 7600 tonnes per hour

• A 5.5km long overland conveyor

• Stockyard area for 1.9 million tonnes of coal

• Materials handling and sampling systems feeding the 2km long jetty conveyor

• Single berth with a travelling ship loader to fill ships at 8250 tonnes per hour

• Channels and wharf to accept a range of vessels from 40,000dwt to 220,000dwt

• 132kV substation, access roads, workshops, administration offices and amenities.

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Kenya to Chinchilla CSG Water Pipeline

A 20 kilometre new Pipeline currently under construction by Sunwater will provide the Chinchilla district with an additional water supply from the CSG Gas fields south of Chinchilla.

SunWater has been contracted by QGC to build, own and operate the Kenya to Chinchilla Weir Pipeline. The major piece of water infrastructure will pump up to 100 megalitres a day of treated coal seam gas water from the QGC Kenya water treatment plant to the Chinchilla Weir.
Western Downs Regional Council is working with Sunwater for the town to receive an allocation from the Beneficial Re-use Scheme from the QGC gas fields.
Spokesperson for Utilities – Water, Wastewater and Gas Councillor Bill McCutcheon said Western Downs Regional Council is in the process of negotiating a contract with Sunwater for a CSG water allocation to be made available to the town of Chinchilla.
Cr McCutcheon said the pipeline will mainly provide water for beneficial use by the agricultural and industrial sectors, but some water will also be made available to supplement the Chinchilla town water supply.
He said Sunwater and QGC are working with the Department of Environment and Resource Management to ensure the quality of the water is confirmed before any water is discharged into the Weir.
“It is now a legislative requirement that Sunwater implement a Recycled Water Management Plan before any of the treated CSG Water can be discharged into the Chinchilla Weir.
“This will require a lot of testing and monitoring of the treated CSG water to ensure that the quality is suitable for reuse through the Weir pool after the CSG water supply has commenced.
“If the treated CSG water does not comply, the supply will be shut down until compliance has been rectified,” Cr McCutcheon said.
Cr McCutcheon said Council anticipates that the project will assist with drought proofing the town for the next 30 years, and it has been indicated that the treated coal seam gas water will be offered at no additional cost by Sunwater and QGC for the town.
“Council has been working towards securing Chinchilla’s future water supply for almost six years now. The project will certainly maintain the Chinchilla water supply for a lot of years to come independent of rainfall and drought.
“It presents a solution to the town’s water supply problems as it will cater for future population and industrial growth.”

For more information about the project, residents should contact the Sunwater Hotline on 1800 038 866.
Alternatively, residents can visit the SunWater website or email enquiries to [email protected]

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Port of Townsville

Scope of Works

The Townsville Port Inner Harbour Expansion (TPIX) Project involves the redevelopment of berths 8 and 10 (Stage A) to enhance cargo loading efficiency and provide north Queensland with a dedicated cruise and military berth.

Piling on the milestones

Work is gathering pace on the Port of Townsville’s quayside makeover, with crews driving the first of 220 piles for the $118 million Townsville Inner Harbour Expansion.


Rock haulage to begin

Rock material is required to be hauled into the Port for use in constructing the wharf revetment and to protect the Berth 10 shoreline against wave action.

Haulage of rock will begin on an as required basis later this month. 


Lennon Drive realignment

The Seymour Whyte Smithbridge Joint Venture (SWSJV) will begin construction work on Lennon Drive before Easter.

Initial activity will be focusedon the realignment of the road bordered by Queensland Sugar Limited (QSL) and Maritime Safety Queensland and will involve the alternate closure of south and northbound lanes.

Localised dredging underway

The Seymour Whyte Smithbridge Joint Venture (SWSJV) is mobilising in May to use an excavator, barges, tugs and push boats for localised dredging inside theBerth 8 and Beth 10 areas.


Work starts on terminal building

The most exciting step forward in June is that work is beginning on the passenger terminal with the construction of the the terminal building.

First fender set

The Townsville Port Inner Harbour Expansion achieved an exciting milestone in July, with the first of Berth 8’s fender blocks successfully poured.

The first 18 metres of the new wharf is now almost complete, meaning the final shape of the upgraded Berth 8 can now be seen.


Terminal building takes shape

Townsville’s cruise terminal is starting to take shape.

The first walls for the multi-purpose passenger building have been erected on schedule, with construction on the facility’s meet-and-greet plaza, café and courtyard to commence next month.

Harbour landscape changing

Townsville Port Inner Harbour Expansion (TPIX) workers have begun to remove Suter Pier Shed from berths 8 and 9 as they prepare for the installation of a new 3000-tonne per hour shiploader.



Changed traffic conditions

Motorists are advised of changed traffic conditions on Archer Street, between Ross Street and Tully Street South Townsville from mid-February for approximately three months.


12 FEB 2013

Berth 10 under construction in early 2013




PilingRock haulageLennon Drive realignmentDecking removalJune 2012FenderTerminal building takes shapeWorkers begin to dismantle Suter Pier shed


Berth 10 under construction in early 2013

Inner Harbour Expansion

The Townsville Port Inner Harbour Expansion (TPIX) Project involves the redevelopment of Berth 10 to enhance cargo loading efficiency and provide North Queensland with a dedicated cruise and military berth.

The highly-anticipated project involves the reconstruction and extension of the Port of Townsville’s existing Berth 10 to accommodate military, cruise, and commercial shipping and the construction of a multi-purpose passenger terminal building adjacent to Ross Creek. The program of works also features a concurrent upgrade of Berth 8 to enhance the port’s capacity.

The interactive timeline at the top of the page hosts project fact sheets and contact details to enable all stakeholders to keep up-to-date with the construction activity.

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Multifix has recieved contract work on Tintenbar to Ewingdale N.S.W


31 October 2011

Baulderstone and the NSW Roads & Traffic Authority (RTA) today announced the finalisation of a $530 million contract for the duplication of the Pacific Highway from Tintenbar to Ewingsdale on New South Wales’ far North Coast.

The design and construction project, jointly-funded by the Federal and NSW Governments, comprises a 16.3km new build upgrade of the Pacific Highway involving twin tunnels under St Helena Ridge, 11 bridges and an upgrade of the Ewingsdale interchange.

Baulderstone General Manager NSW/ACT, Frank Lorenzetto, said the company is pleased to continue working with the NSW RTA by undertaking this significant project.

“Baulderstone has a strong background in delivering a range of major road projects. The Tintenbar to Ewingsdale Upgrade is a strong addition to our infrastructure pipeline and further underpins our position as an industry leader in tunnelling projects.

“Our specialist team will apply Baulderstone’s client-focused approach to this project, which advocates open communication and coordination between all parties to ensure a positive outcome. At Baulderstone, we pride ourselves on our ability to deliver complex and time-critical projects with minimal disruption and within budget, whilst upholding our commitment to safety,” Mr Lorenzetto added.

The project is scheduled to commence in early 2012, with completion in mid-2014.

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