Hatch recognized with national award of engineering excellence for the Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal project
Brisbane, Australia — At the 2016 Australian Engineering Excellence Awards (AEEA) gala event held on November 23, Hatch, in joint venture, was selected to receive the national award for their work on the Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal (WICET) project.
Hatch has produced sustainable designs and innovative engineering in this partnership for more than a decade. The A$2.6B greenfield project will maximize the economic viability of new mines and foster continued growth in Central Queensland, Australia.
Award winners had already been selected as representing the very best of engineering at the state level. This higher accolade is bestowed only on unique entries “that demonstrate outstanding excellence, innovation, and best practice.”
The award-winning project has required a strong commitment to its workforce, the community, and the environment. Job opportunities and local capacity has and will continue to grow; best practices in health and safety have been met. And all whilst the terminal’s operations are revolutionized through the concept, design, and development of a massive bespoke gantry stacker—the only one of its kind in the world.
Hatch project manager Steve Marley said the project’s success is a reflection of strong collaboration among the engineering partners and owners. He comments, “For the past ten years, we’ve worked as one team, from concept through to detailed design and then supporting WICET in the commissioning of the automated gantry stacker and terminal as a whole.” He adds, “This award is a tribute to the innovative thinking and hard work of many dedicated and talented engineers and support personnel. At Hatch, it truly reflects our values of delivering exceptional ideas with exceptional service.”
The project is currently ramping up to its nameplate capacity of 27 million tonnes per annum. The notably sized bespoke gantry stacker stands 35 metres tall—wider than a football stadium—and able to stack product from 102 typical train wagons in just one hour. The work completed is providing a pathway for WICET to expand the terminal to an ultimate capacity of 120 million tonnes per annum.
Raj Jaganathan, Hatch’s commissioning manager, attended the gala and comments, “WICET is a hallmark project and will support the region’s long-term vision as a world-class, state-of-the-art, coal exporting facility. This is the product of sheer determination and hard work from a very talented team.”
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