BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) has appointed Gladstone-based Walz Group for a $31 million project to remove decommissioned marine infrastructure from the Hay Point Coal Terminal, south of Mackay.
Walz Group will deconstruct and remove the original trestle and conveyor that transported coal from the terminal to waiting bulk carriers for more than 40 years from when the facility opened in 1971.
BMA asset president Rag Udd said the appointment of Walz Group highlighted the fantastic capability of central Queensland businesses to provide critical services to the resources industry.
“Walz brings unique specialised equipment and highly capable people who know Hay Point Coal Terminal after playing an important role in delivering the HPX3 expansion that was officially opened in December 2015 and increased annual capacity from 44 to 55 million tonnes,’’ Mr Udd said.
Starting next month, crews will work from jack-up barges to dismantle into sections the 1.8km trestle and conveyor, with about 6500 tonnes of steel to be transferred by barge to Half Tide Harbour.
Once on-shore, the trestle sections will be separated into steel, concrete and timber components and prepared for transport to recycling facilities.
The project is scheduled to take 18-months.
Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry said that in addition to providing direct employment for 20 people, the project would require support from local suppliers and contractors.
“It’s good news for jobs in the region more broadly,’’ she said