May 22, 2019

Rock stockpile grows in Channel Upgrade Project

Rock stockpile grows in Channel Upgrade Project Rock is being stockpiled at the eastern end of the port. (Port of Townsville photo by Cameron Laird).

The Port of Townsville’s $193 million Channel Upgrade Project is advancing, with 20 thousand tonnes of rock already delivered from Holcim Australia’s Roseneath quarry west of Townsville.

The rock currently stockpiled on the pad at the eastern end of the port will be part of the core of a rock wall that will protect a 62ha Port Reclamation Area.

The core rock is the smallest of three grades of rock that form the bund wall.

The core rock works with other elements to form a filter layer that retains the capital dredge material that will form the Reclamation Area.

A Port of Townsville spokeswoman said several months of stockpiling would occur before rock wall construction started in September.

“Capital dredging to widen the Townsville shipping channel is scheduled to commence nine to 12 months after the start of rock wall construction,” she said.   

“The capital dredge material that will be removed during channel widening will be placed in the Port Reclamation Area. No capital dredge material will be deposited at sea.”

Holcim indicated it would boost staff at its Roseneath quarry when it won the port contract as well as engaging additional local suppliers and service companies.

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