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Abigroup secures Wiggins Island Rail Project Balloon Loop contract

22 June 2012

Abigroup has been awarded a $76 million contract from QR National to undertake the civil works for a 13km balloon rail loop for the new Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal at the Port of Gladstone in Queensland.
The Wiggins Island Balloon Loop (Segment 1) project involves carrying out the earthworks and drainage for the rail balloon loop and includes two million m3 of fill, a creek diversion and environmental management.
Abigroup already has a major presence on Wiggins Island being currently involved in a joint venture to build part of the Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal.
Abigroup’s Queensland General Manager Mick O’Dwyer said, “This major new project for QR National builds on the increasing amount of resources based infrastructure work we are carrying out in the Gladstone area.
“We are already currently building part of the Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal and recently we constructed 8kms of seawall bunds as part of the Port of Gladstone Western Basin expansion.”
Work is due to start shortly on the new rail balloon loop project which will form a key part of a new coal export supply chain for existing and future Queensland coal producers in the Surat and Bowen basins

http://www.abigroup.com.au/News-Publications/Abigroup-News/?ItemID=314&count=1

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Multifix New Project – Southern Expressway Duplication Civil Construction

Baulderstone Abi Goup JV tackles southern duplication 

            A Baulderstone JV has been selected as the preferred contractor for the design and construction of the $407.5m Southern Expressway Duplication project in South Australia, being delivered by the State Government.
   
Baulderstone JV tackles southern duplication

            A long awaited addition to the road network for South Australian

The upgrade, which is a 50/50 Joint Venture with Abigroup, will allow traffic to flow in both directions and is a major project for the South Australia Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure.

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 Southern Expressway Duplication project will also include the duplication of existing interchanges, road and pedestrian bridges. Construction will start in late 2011 and is scheduled for completion by mid 2014.

The project is a major addition to Baulderstone’s extensive portfolio of landmark South Australian projects, with the company just announced as the preferred contractor for the $450m Adelaide Oval Redevelopment project. Baulderstone was also recently selected as the Managing Contractor for the $350m expansion of the Adelaide Convention Centre and the $160m Tower 8 project.

http://www.earthmover.com.au/news/2011/newswire/november/november-17/other-top-stories/baulderstone-jv-tackles-southern-duplication/?searchterm=None

 

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Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal – WICET

Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal Pty Ltd (WICET) is owned by existing and potential coal exporters located in Queensland with the objective of providing increased long term export coal capacity to the industry. The Queensland Government has granted WICET the mandate to own and develop the Terminal at Gladstone Queensland.

Stage 1, a 27 Mtpa facility, is currently under construction. WEXP1 will provide an additional 30 – 35 Mtpa.

WICET brings together some of the most experienced bulk commodity ports industry users and operators under one banner, creating many efficiencies for the industry, government and the local community. The industry-funded delivery model is a first for Queensland and is owned directly by its industry users rather than third party investors. This facilitates timely development of important coal transport infrastructure, without the need for Government funding.

The Expansion will be financed entirely by the WICET consortium ensuring the Terminal can meet its owners’ requirements. Terminal handling charges will be on a cost recovery basis to assist the competitiveness of the Queensland coal export industry.

Located at Golding Point, to the west of the existing RG Tanna and Barney Point Terminals, WEXP1 is expected to provide about 30-35 million tonnes per annum in additional export coal capacity through the Port of Gladstone once fully commissioned.

WEXP1 will involve construction of:

  • A second rail dump station and overland conveyor
  • A second stockyard and three stacker reclaimers
  • A second out-loading system
  • Two additional berths and a second Shiploader

INDUSTRY & SUPPLY CHAIN PARTNERS

WICET owners will fund the construction of WEXP1, while Gladstone Ports Corporation (GPC) will be the operator of the facility. This will facilitate efficiency of operations in the Port of Gladstone, without relying on Government funding.

QR Network (the rail network division of QR National) and Surat Basin Rail are vital links in the coal supply chain for delivering coal from the Surat and Bowen Basins to the Gladstone region.

The WICET owners will contract with above-rail operators to deliver coal from their various mines to the Terminal.

For further information, please visit: http://www.wicet.com.au/

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Positions currently available for experienced tradesmen & labourers.

Working for the team at Multifix means you will have the opportunity to work on some of the most-prestigious and important construction projects in Queensland and northern New South Wales. Multifix has contributed to many world-class infrastructure projects, and are currently seeking experienced tradesmen & labourers.

If you are qualified/experienced in any of the following trades, we would love to hear from you:

  • Concreters,
  • Formwork Carpenters,
  • Steel Fixers, and
  • Labourers.

There are multiple full-time employment opportunities that currently exist, so if you are interested in joining the team or learning more about the positions available, then please go to the ‘Careers’ section of the website and complete the ‘Multifix Job Application Form’ today, to register your interest.

Only online applications will be accepted.

We look forward to hearing from you.

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Curtis Island LNG Projects

The engineering, procurement and construction of the three LNG plants on Curtis Island, which is accessible only by water, represents the greatest concentration of Bechtel projects anywhere in the world. The three liquified natural gas (LNG) projects sit side-by-side, with the first plant scheduled for completion in 2014.

The Curtis Island LNG projects each have joint procurement, human resources, travel, accounting, legal, and community relations teams servicing them. This ensures efficiency and a quality service to our clients, reducing costs and streamlining processes and procedures. We work closely with the community, clients, key stakeholders, and government representatives to ensure a positive social impact for the duration of these projects.

At the peak of construction, the workforce will be 8,800 strong. These projects are also delivering a range of training and upskilling programs for the workforce. Bechtel will intake 400 adult apprentices through the National Apprenticeships Program (NAP) to work on the three LNG projects.

NAP targets experienced workers who may have many of the skills required to fulfil an apprenticeship, but may not yet have the formal qualification. This program will provide opportunities now and into the future for many Australians.

Part of the construction process for the three LNG plants is the construction and delivery of 260 modules from around the world. The modules are pre-fabricated steel structures that are built as a single component and transported to Curtis Island. The modules will arrive in Gladstone between August 2012 and mid-2014. When they arrive, they will be put into their permanent position to make up the key components of the LNG plant.

The delivery of the Curtis Island LNG projects will help position both Gladstone and Queensland, as one of Australia’s leading industrial centers.

Source: http://www.bechtel.com/curtisisland_lng.html

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Curtis Island GLNG

The GLNG project joint venture between Santos and LNG companies Petronas, Total and KOGAS will process coal seam gas into LNG. The project is located on Curtis Island, 2km offshore from Gladstone, Queensland. Macmahon is subcontracted to Bechtel Australia Pty Ltd for the site civil works valued at $175 million.

Macmahon’s site civil works on the project will include clearing, bulk earthworks, pavements, roads and drainages for a 160 hectare greenfield site on the south west side of Curtis Island. Access to the island is via water transport and there are no construction facilities on the island. Macmahon will pre-cast most concrete formations and other concrete structures on the mainland and barge these across to the island.

As there is no land access to the site Macmahon will undertake rigorous planning to ensure all plant, equipment and materials can be mobilised to site when required.

The GLNG project will create more than 5000 jobs during construction, stimulating business development and employment opportunities in the Gladstone and Roma communities.

Source: http://www.macmahon.com.au/construction/curtis-island-glng.html

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Multifix are currently seeking experienced tradesmen & labourers. Please register your interest today.

Working for the team at Multifix means you will have the opportunity to work on some of the most-prestigious and important construction projects in Queensland and northern New South Wales. Multifix has contributed to many world-class infrastructure projects, and are currently seeking experienced tradesmen & labourers, who are motivated to commence work early August.

If you are qualified/experienced in any of the following trades, we would love to hear from you:

  • Concreters,
  • Formwork Carpenters,
  • Steel Fixers, and
  • Labourers.

There are multiple full-time employment opportunities that currently exist, so if you are interested in joining the team or learning more about the positions available, then please go to the ‘Careers’ section of the website and complete the ‘Multifix Job Application Form’ today, to register your interest.

Only online applications will be accepted.

We look forward to hearing from you.

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BMD awarded major coal terminal project

BMD Constructions has been awarded a $70 million civil works contract for Wiggins Island Coal Terminal.

The contract will involve upgrades to Gladstone-Mt Larcom Road, as well as construction of the terminal’s rail receival facility.

The rail receival facility is designed to handle 7,600 tonnes of coal per hour and is connected to the terminal stockyard by a 5.5 kilometre overland conveyor. BMD will undertake civil and concrete works for the rail receival facility and overland conveyor, mostly to the south of Gladstone-Mt Larcom Road.

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 contract will occur in three phases, with first phase focusing on construction of the terminal access road contained on the WICET site. Construction is expected to be complete on this phase by mid-2012.

Work will then commence to upgrade 2km of the northbound carriageway of Gladstone-Mt Larcom Road from mid to late-2012, followed by southern carriageway upgrade that is expected to be completed late-2013. This work also includes a number of service installations including water, fibre optic and gas lines.

The upgrade to part of Gladstone-Mt Larcom Road will improve safety for workers accessing the WICET site during operations, together with the travelling public.

Source:  http://www.bmd.com.au/News/BMD-awarded-major-coal-terminal-project.aspx

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MCJV Commences Construction of Export Pipeline and Facilities

MCJV, a joint venture between McConnell Dowell Constructors (Aust) Pty Ltd and Consolidated Contracting Company Australia Pty Ltd, today announced it will commence immediate delivery of the Australia Pacific LNG 415 km main export pipeline and associated facilities.

The delivery of the 36” and 42” diameter gas pipeline and associated facilities from the coal seam gas (CSG) fields in the Surat and Bowen basins in south western and central Queensland to Curtis Island, off Gladstone, follows MCJV’s completion of the Front End Engineering Design (FEED) and early works contract awarded in December 2009 by Australian Pacific LNG.

Mark Twycross, General Manager – Pipelines, McConnell Dowell Constructors (Aust) Pty Ltd said the project was a significant and strategic contract win for the MCJV.

“MCJV will have a peak workforce of more than 1000 people and will deliver the large diameter gas pipeline and associated facilities over a two year construction programme,” Mr Twycross said.

Moujally Jabara, Regional Managing Director Operations – Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Consolidated Contractors Group Holding Company added: “The addition of this scope of works for MCJV demonstrates our ability as leaders to help shape the future of Australia’s resources industry by delivering on one of the LNG projects in Australia.”

Major site works will commence in mid 2012 with completion due by the end of 2013.

Source: http://www.macdow.com.au/news/mcjv-commences-construction-of-export-pipeline-and-facilities

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Goldlinq selected for Gold Coast light rail

The Company is pleased to advise that the Queensland Government today announced the GoldLinQ Consortium as the successful proponent for the Gold Coast Rapid Transit Project (GCRT).

In an 18 year Public Private Partnership contract with the State Government of A$1 billion, GoldLinQ will design, build, finance, operate and maintain a light rail public transportation system. Consisting of 14 vehicles and 16 stations, it will service a 13 kilometre route between the Gold Coast University Hospital and Broadbeach; a part of one of the fastest growing regions in Australia.

Patronage numbers are expected to grow to 50,000 passengers per day and GoldLinQ has in-built capacity to cater for up to 75,000 passengers per day. As locals and visitors adopt this reliable and environmentally friendly form of public transport, GoldLinQ is well placed to meet future demands on the service.

The GoldLinQ Consortium includes:

  • KDR2 Gold Coast Pty Ltd – operations and maintenance;
  • Bombardier Transportation Australia Pty Ltd – design and supply of the light rail vehicles and rail systems;
  • McConnell Dowell Constructors (Aust.) Pty Ltd – infrastructure and building works; and
  • Plenary Group Pty Ltd – financial arranger and commercial adviser.

Uniquely, the State, Gold Coast City Council and the Commonwealth have coordinated to fund the project as a PPP, recognising the best balance of public and private sector contribution to optimise value for money and achieve innovation in the project.

The Chairman of the GoldLinQ Consortium, Mr John Witheriff, said this long term investment by the public and private sectors is a real “city changer” and GoldLinQ is determined to work with local residents, businesses and Government to ensure every possible benefit is realised for the Gold Coast.

“If we as a community embrace the light rail system and work together to ensure it delivers people into each of our precincts then there is the opportunity for the City and its economy to make a major leap forward”, Mr Witheriff said.

Mr Witheriff took the opportunity to announce that he would work closely with Gold Coast business precincts to leverage the economic opportunities that 50,000 passengers per day represents.

“I want to work directly with local businesses, developing new ideas and attractions to encourage people into their precincts and into their businesses”, he said.

Construction will commence in early 2012 on the light rail corridor including road widening and service re-locations. Construction labour and subcontractor businesses will be drawn largely from the Gold Coast and surrounding region.

GoldLinQ’s private financing will include full term 18 year debt from international banks (Intesa SanPaulo SpA, Export Development Canada, Banco Bilbao Vizcaya and KfW IPEX – Bank Gmbh) – an outcome that enhances financing cost certainty over the life of the project.

Equity financing will come from Plenary Group, Keolis SA, Aveng Australia, Marubeni Group and International Public Partnerships Limited. The equity group has been selected for the experience and capabilities they bring to transport projects and their long term commitment to local partnerships.

The first passengers will board the GCRT in 2014 and Gold Coast residents will see light rail vehicles travelling the route for several months prior as vehicles and systems are tested to ensure operational certainty and safety.

Source

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