Wiggins Island Coal Expert Terminal is progressing closer to completion with the first stacker gantry lifted into place at the coal stockyard.
The lift and installation of the 140-tonne structure was completed by civil engineering company John Holland, with the gantry placed on top of the stockyard trestles earlier this week.
The team used a 1,100-tonne transi-lift ‘pick and carry’ crane and a Liebherr 280-tonne crawler crane to install the first of 21 stacker gantries required at the site.
Once fully constructed and commissioned, the stacker gantries will inload coal from the rail area of the coal stockyard.
While a 111-tonne stacker tripper arrived at the site on the weekend, signalling another piece of key infrastructure needed for the completion of the coal terminal.
The stack tripper will be used to transfer coal from the main stockyard conveyor to the stacker bridge out-load system, WICET said.
A joint initiative being developed by existing and potential coal exporters in Queensland, the terminal is moving closer to its first shipment of coal in 2015 with stage one about 65% complete.