Old coal conveyor creates jobs at Hay Point
A $31MILLION project at Hay Point Coal Terminal is expected to create up to 20 jobs with support from Mackay suppliers and contractors.
The project will remove decommissioned marine infrastructure from the Hay Point Coal Terminal.
Central Queensland business Walz Construction Group will dismantle and remove the original trestle and conveyor that transported coal from the terminal to waiting bulk carriers for more than 40 years after the facility opened in 1971.
BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) asset president Rag Udd said the appointment of Walz Construction Group highlighted the 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 an expansion that has increased annual capacity from 44 to 55million tonnes,'' Mr Udd said.
Starting in December, crews will work from jack-up barges to dismantle into sections the 1.8km trestle and conveyor.
About 6500 tonnes of steel will 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.
"While this historic trestle has served the port well for the more than 40 years, this project will ensure the Hay Point Coal Terminal is set up to continue exporting metallurgical coal for steel production around the world for the next 40 years and beyond," Mr Udd said.
Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry said 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," Ms Landry said.
The project is scheduled to take 18 months.