Monday 21st Jun, 2021

McConnell Dowell wins Hay Point Coal Terminal contract

BHP Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) has awarded McConnell Dowell a contract to build the main berth for the Shiploader and Berth Replacement (SABR) Project at its Hay Point Coal Terminal.  

BHP Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) has awarded McConnell Dowell a contract to build the main berth for the Shiploader and Berth Replacement (SABR) Project at its Hay Point Coal Terminal.

The SABR project is a brownfields project located within the lease boundaries of the existing Hay Point Coal Terminal near Mackay, Queensland.

It will include the disassembly and replacement of existing shiploaders and berths to renew ageing infrastructure, improve materials handling throughput, and provide improved cyclonic wave immunity.

As part of the contract, McConnell Dowell will provide off-site fabrication of new berth topside modules, off-site preparatory works including modification of the existing concrete caisson berth foundations, and disassembly and removal of the existing berth and ship loader.

McConnell Dowell will also install the new berth modules, including tie-in and commissioning, and the installation of the new ship loader.

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The award of this contract follows a twelve-month collaborative early contractor involvement (ECI) process led by BMA and involving design engineer Aurecon, and McConnell Dowell.

McConnell Dowell’s Australian Managing Director Jim Frith said working collaboratively with BMA and its designer enabled the company to add value through smarter, safer and more constructable solutions.

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

“The integrated team focused on engineering out, or controlling risks through elimination or substitution. For example, we have been able to develop a construction approach that eliminates the need for our workforce to travel to the workfront by marine vessel. That’s not just a huge safety benefit, but decreases significant downtime and eliminates weather risks.”

The first activity on site will begin in late 2021. Shutdown work associated with the main shiploader and berth replacement works on site will commence in March 2022 with a duration of around 16 months.