This is a “pit to port” project being built at a cost of $10 billion. The first phase of the project involves a 30 million mtpy mine, a 500 km railway line and a 60 million mtpy port. The other construction contracts for the project such as mine infrastructure, the wash plant and rail will be announced in the next few months.
The Port of Abbot Point is situated 25 km north of Bowen. It will be serviced by GVK Hancock’s new 500 km standard gauge railway, which will deliver 25,000 mt per train load of coal. Once fully constructed, the port will consist of a stockyard, two rail receiving dump stations, and a piled jetty structure extending 3.8 km north-north east from the shoreline. This will also consist of two berths and civil infrastructure to support the port project, as well as shiploaders and stacker reclaimers. It is expected to be ready to deliver first coal 36 months from the commencement of construction.
In addition to Smithbridge, a number of other Australian subcontractors will be involved for the erection and assembly of the land based equipment through the provision of construction equipment and labor, which will form a significant part of the project.