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Bechtel reaches major construction milestones

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World Coal,

In the last year, two major milestones have been reached on the construction work on the Hay Point coal terminal expansion, in Mackay, Australia. Bechtel have completed the new 1.9 km jetty and additional berth. Coal was loaded through the new 1.9 km long trestle to the existing Berth 1 - 9 December 2014 and then after this on 12 January came the first cargo from the new berth. As well as this, Bechtel’s onshore coal materials handling facilities are in the final stages.

“These recent milestones are the result of a great deal of hard work from our local team and a high level of coordination with our customer, BMA,” said Shain Kenny, Bechtel’s President of Mining & Metals and Managing Director of Bechtel Australia.

“Coal terminal expansions have been key projects for us in the last four years. For example, we successfully completed three expansions of the Koorangang terminal at Pot Waratah in Newcastle, Bew South Wales.

“One of the innovative approaches we have been able to use on this Hay Point project is modularisation, similar to that on our four Australian LNG construction projects. The coal transfer towers, surge bins, conveyer galleries, and ship loader were fabricated and fitted out in fabrication yards off shore prior to shipment to Australia”.

Adapted from press release by Joseph Green

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