Jan 28, 2021

McConnell Dowell lays out Hay Point schedule

McConnell Dowell lays out Hay Point schedule

Major contractor McConnell Dowell expects to begin on-site activity at Hay Point by the end of this year after winning the contract for the main berth construction for BMA’s Shiploader and Berth Replacement (SABR) Project.

The project schedule at the Mackay district coal terminal sees the first activity on site (establishment of temporary facilities) happening in late 2021.

McConnell Dowell said the shutdown work associated with the main shiploader and berth replacement works would commence in March 2022, with a duration of about 16 months.

The scope of the contract awarded to McConnell Dowell encompasses:

  • Off-site fabrication of new berth topside modules;
  • On-site preparatory works including modification of the existing concrete caisson berth foundations;
  • Disassembly and removal of the existing berth and ship loader;
  • Installation of the new berth modules, tie-in and commissioning; and
  • Installation of the new ship loader (SL2A).

The award of this contract follows a 12-month collaborative Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) process led by BMA and involving design engineer Aurecon, and McConnell Dowell.

“Working collaboratively with our customer and their designer enabled us to add value through smarter, safer and more constructable solutions,” McConnell Dowell Australian managing director, Jim Frith said.

“The adoption of a fully modularised fabrication and installation methodology, and use of heavy lift vessel (HLV) for both demolition and construction phases, has significant safety, cost and schedule benefits to our customer.”

Civmec has won a contract for the supply, fabrication, surface treatment and assembly of more than 13,500 tonnes of wharf girders and associated structures for the Hay Point Coal Terminal.

The company said fabrication would start this year, with load-out
onto heavy lift vessels scheduled to start in early 2022.

The project will employ over 350 people during fabrication and assembly at
the company’s Henderson facility in Western Australia.

“The award for the Hay Point port infrastructure work is the second significant package of works that we have been trusted to deliver
for this port upgrade” Civmec chief executive officer Patrick Tallon said.

“We look forward to delivering a high-quality product to McConnell Dowell to allow them to have a seamless installation at the site location and welcome the opportunity to work alongside all stakeholders on this project”.