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Bowen Coking Coal has appointed former Stanmore Coal executive Michael McKee as chief operating officer as the company works to fast-track development of its Isaac River project.

Mr McKee has more than 35 years’ experience in mining, including involvement in the restart of the Isaac Plains mine and commencement of production at the Sonoma and Minerva open pit coal mines.

“We are fortunate to have secured the services of such a seasoned professional with exceptional knowledge, Queensland experience and a skill set that perfectly fits the areas where we now need it the most,” Bowen Coking Coal managing director Gerhard Redelinghuys said.

“The key deliverable for Bowen is to fast track Isaac River through the permitting and planning phase towards production, and I firmly believe that Bowen now has the team to make that happen”

The company in April launched a drilling program at the Isaac River site, east of Daunia mine in the Bowen Basin.

The aim was to finalise the scope of the project and fast track it through the development and permitting process towards a decision to mine, Bowen Coking Coal said.

Mr McKee’s initial engagement is part-time and is expected to ramp up towards a full time role as the company’s Isaac River and other projects develop.

Key appointment as company seeks to fast-track coal project
Townsville City Council has revealed details of a developer’s plans for a new multi-storey unit and dining complex on The Strand.

Lachlan Bell Consulting has lodged plans to build a seven-storey unit complex and a two-storey building with an eatery and bar on the corner of The Strand and Kennedy Street.

The development proposal includes 11 three-bedroom apartments, one two-bedroom unit and 23 car parks.

Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill said the development application showed confidence in the city’s economy.

“Council approved a major refurbishment of The Seaview in March so it is wonderful to know these developers are keen to invest on The Strand,” she said.

The project requires development approval before work can begin.

New unit and bar complex planned for The Strand
Townsville construction company Formset has been awarded a $10 million contract to build a 1.6ha container terminal as part of the Townsville Port’s $30 million Crane and Cargo Terminal project at Berth 4.

Deputy Premier and Treasurer Jackie Trad said the longstanding Townsville business was expected to create more than 40 jobs during construction of the new container terminal, which would substantially increase local logistics capability.

“With the volume of freight moving across Queensland expected to grow more than 20 per cent over the next decade, it’s critical we invest in port infrastructure which will accommodate this freight boom,” she said.

“Construction of the new container terminal behind Berth 4 will provide a substantial boost to northern Australia’s largest cargo port.”

Other major capacity-expanding projects at the port include construction of a $48 million intermodal facility, $193 million port channel upgrade and the completion of the $40 million Berth 4 upgrade.

Formset managing director Brent Zander said the construction of the Berth 4 cargo terminal area was expected to take up to 36 weeks to complete.

“Our family-owned company has just marked 50 years of business in Townsville, and we’re extremely proud that we have three generations involved.  We have grown and established ourselves as a leading construction company, working on several large mining and infrastructure projects,” he said.

“We’ve been working with the Port for a long time, but this is the biggest project we have undertaken for the Port.”

 Port of Townsville Infrastructure general manager Kim Gebers said the Berth 4 Crane and Cargo Terminal project provided the perfect example of ensuring the port’s core business remained strong and competitive.

“It is projected that the recently upgraded Berth 4, new ship-to-shore crane and Cargo Terminal Area will be capable of handling around 35,000 containers per annum, and around two million tonnes per annum of total cargo,” he said.

“That represents a 20 per cent increase on current capability, which is a fantastic outcome.”

Contract awarded in $30m Townsville cargo project
Dredge vessel Balder R has arrived in port to start work on the $127 million Cairns Shipping Development project.

Member for Cairns Michael Healy said the 111m-long, German-built dredging ship Balder R would be tasked to open up Trinity Inlet for large cruise ships after a successful stint at dredging sand for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

“The Cairns Shipping Development is the key to unlocking a whole new tourism and jobs market for the Far North,” Mr Healy said.

“Already we’re seeing this project create 800 direct and indirect jobs during construction, and by 2031 it’ll mean more than 2,700 jobs for the region.”

The vessel will remove soft clays from the channel, which will then be delivered to a facility 3km offshore and pumped along an 8km pipeline to a dedicated site at the Northern Sands mine.

Dredging is expected to take 12 weeks and be complete mid-September, with second dredge Woomera scheduled to join the works in late July.

The 65m Woomera will be used to remove the stiff clays from the channel.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the Cairns Shipping Development would mean for the very first time, cruise ships up to 300m in length would be able to enter the Cairns Port.

“With dredging well underway, we’ll see wharves one to six also get an upgrade in coming months,” Mr Bailey said.

The project will also enable future expansion of the HMAS Cairns Base by relocating the existing cargo swing basin and improve port efficiency by allowing larger cargo and other vessels through.

Balder R is owned by Danish company Rohde Nielsen. It was specially designed to work in shallow water around the world and is considered one of the most versatile vessels of its kind.

Built in Germany in 2011, Balder R is 111.30m in length overall, with a breadth of 19.40m and has a 6000 cubic metre carrying capacity. It arrived in Cairns on Monday.

111m dredge in town for Cairns Shipping Development


 
The North Queensland Stadium has hit another major construction milestone with the first of the new venue’s 36 roof trusses being lifted into place.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk inspected construction progress in Townsville today with Federal Member for Herbert Philip Thompson, Member for Townsville Scott Stewart, Member for Thuringowa Aaron Harper as well as Mayor Jenny Hill.

Ms Palaszczuk said the complex design of the stadium’s roof had not been attempted before on such a scale.

“The horseshoe-shaped roof will cover about 75 per cent of the stadium’s 25,000 seats, all of which offer a fantastic experience for fans,” she said.

“Construction is on budget and on track for the stadium to open in time for the 2020 NRL season opener, which is a credit to the contractor and to the local workforce.

“It’s also been great to learn in the last week that Sir Elton John will play here as part of celebrations ahead of next year’s opening match.”

Ms Palaszczuk said local businesses had been awarded more than $139 million in trade packages, and there have been 461 local businesses engaged in the extended supply chain.”

Mendi Group awarded Pitch Works package

It was announced today that Townsville’s Mendi Group would deliver the Pitch Works package for the project.

Member for Townsville Scott Stewart said Mendi Group was already working to deliver earthworks and roadworks on site.

“The pitch works include irrigation and subsoil drainage systems and will enable this local company to expand its local workforce as well as its expertise,” he said.

Mendi Group Director Jeff Doyle said the stadium had been a boon for his business, which had been working on site since 2017.

“Since we began on-site, we have been able to employ an additional 23 staff, including six apprentices and trainees,” he said.

“This ongoing work has provided great security of employment for our local workforce who are now upskilling in new areas, and we have also been able to engage our local supply chain by offering components of our work to other local subcontractors and suppliers.”

Other major works being conducted on-site include upper seating bowl platforms in the eastern stand, as well as services cabling, external façade work and glazing for windows and doors in the eastern stand.

Milestone in NQ Stadium Construction
Windlab is expected to shortlist preferred turbine suppliers within weeks for its planned 104MW Lakeland wind farm in Far North Queensland.

Windlab – which is also the developer of Kennedy Energy Park – previously announced a new tender process for the EPC contract for the Lakeland project.

In an announcement to the market today, the company said competitive bids had been received from multiple suppliers of next generation turbines with larger capacities than previously planned.

“Windlab’s technical team is evaluating the responses and will shortlist preferred suppliers in coming weeks before recommencing negotiations with equity providers, lenders and the grid operator,” the company said.

The Lakeland project is a fully approved wind farm, 60km south-west of Cooktown, adjacent to the town of Lakeland.

It came as Windlab extended its its corporate debt facility with the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC).

The size of the facility has been increased from a $3 million limit to $10 million.

Windlab said the revised facility provided the company with additional working capital to further the development of its Australian portfolio, with particular focus on additional high hub height turbine opportunities identified using WindScape.

The company has completed construction of the Kennedy Energy Park, but says the project commissioning has been delayed.

It was experiencing delays in completion of its generator performance standards and subsequent registration as a generator, Windlab said.

“Negotiations are progressing with the grid operator and the project’s EPC contractor to resolve the situation as quickly as possible. First energisation is now expected in the third quarter of this year, with commercial operations to follow,” the company said.

Windlab making headway on Lakeland development