IT’S BIG: Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal (WICET) has received its first shipment of stacker gantries – the largest permanent structures to be received for the project to date.
IT’S BIG: Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal (WICET) has received its first shipment of stacker gantries – the largest permanent structures to be received for the project to date. Murray Ware

First shipment of stacker gantries arrive at WICET site

WIGGINS Island Coal Export Terminal's (WICET) has received its first shipment of stacker gantries - the largest permanent structures to arrive for the project.

The shipment, which is currently being unloaded at Auckland Point Wharf and transported by barge to the WICET site, is a significant milestone for the project.

It's the first of the five deliveries comprising seven gantries.

Ranging in length from 17m to 59m, each weighs between 108 and 235 tonnes, and is approximately 4.5m high.

This first shipment needs four barge trips to get it from Auckland Point to the WICET construction barge wharf.

The entire unloading process is expected to take approximately eight days.

The stacker gantries are being fabricated and delivered by SinoStruct.

Once constructed and commissioned on site by John Holland, they will deliver coal from the overland conveyor, which runs from the rail receival facility to the coal stockyard.

In the next fortnight, John Holland expects to deliver another key piece of infrastructure - the surge bin.

The huge bin, which is 23 metres high and weighs 350 tonnes, assists in the smooth loading of coal from the stockpiles for export.

WICET general manager project development Gerry Randell said deliveries were a transition period for the project.

"These shipments, which mark the arrival of major steel components for the project, reflect our shift in focus from civil to mechanical and structural works," he said.

WICET's Stage One construction is more than 50% complete, and operations start in early 2015.