On track for on-time delivery
16 March 2016
The construction of the Wiggins Island Rail Project on the North Coast Line near Rockhampton in Queensland presented a number of challenges for contractor BMD Group and sub-contractor Aurizon, with roughly 5 kilometres of new track and bridges to be constructed to an accelerated deadline and completed by mid-December.
Two holding roads had to be constructed and the Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal branch line rebuilt for the $25 million project, generating demand for long-term site facilities, power generators, compactors and traffic control solutions, as well as access equipment.
“One of the main challenges was the amount of large compaction required for the fairly long rail corridor,” says Gladstone Branch Manager Samuel Jordan.
“It was hard on the equipment and the fitters had to keep the machines up to standard while also doing maintenance on the track.”
Along with the vast range of equipment requirements, rail system maintenance shutdowns for electrical, signalling and track maintenance and upgrades each lasted four days.
“Between 60 and 80 lighting towers were required for each maintenance shutdown. It was difficult to coordinate with concurrent demand from the Curtis Island gas plants construction,” Jordan explains.
To comply with Aurizon’s strict safety and environmental procedures and requirements, Coates Hire had fitters especially inducted to allow for free access to the site so issues could be dealt with quickly and efficiently.