The first of the deck units required for the Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal.
The first of the deck units required for the Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal. Contributed

Pieces fall into place as projects meet major milestones

MILESTONES are popping up all over Gladstone, with the latest at the Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal.

The boom town has seen multiple milestones from the opening of the GP Super Clinic, the rise of the LNG tanks on Curtis Island, the half-way mark for Southern Oil Refining and using the biggest trucks in Australia to cart around mining gear.

There are even some that are due for completion before the end of the year - the dredging project by Gladstone Ports Corporation, the 49-unit The Curtis accommodation project and the Gladstone Entertainment Centre and related parking area.

WICET has received and installed the first of nine deck units that will help form part of its wharf.

The initial two deck modules weigh 656 and 342 tonnes. They arrived at the wharf, which is being constructed off Golding Point, late last week.

Good weather conditions on Sunday meant the delicate operation of lifting the first module into place was completed last weekend.

The 8.5-hour lift and install was a coordinated effort involving fabricators SinoStruct, Monadelphous Muhibbah Marine Joint Venture, Jumbo Shipping and the WICET PCM team.

The second module was lifted into place on Tuesday.

With the initial deck units now in place, preparations are underway to receive a further three modules in November.

WICET acting general manager project development Peter Lyons said the installation of the deck units marked a major milestone for the offshore marine works associated with the project.

"Significant progress has been made on both the wharf and jetty structures," he said.

"To date, almost 40% of the 341 piles, which form the foundations for these structures, have been driven into place."

Stage one construction of WICET is about 65% complete, with coal operations to begin in 2015.