The Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal (WICET) is located at Golding Point, and is intended to form part of the existing Port of Gladstone.
It is being developed by Queensland coal exporters in order to cater for a planned long-term increase in coal export capacity. WICET is also designed to assist with the speedy loading of ships for international export; it has the potential to be one of the largest terminals of its kind, using modern technology to meet high environmental standards. Construction for Stage One of the terminal will include:
- A rail receival facility designed to handle 7600 tonnes per hour
- A 5.5km long overland conveyor
- Stockyard area for 1.9 million tonnes of coal
- Materials handling and sampling systems feeding the 2km long jetty conveyor
- Single berth with a travelling ship loader to fill ships at 8250 tonnes per hour
- 132kV substation, access roads, workshops, administration offices and amenities.
Coal producers from the Surat and Bowen Basins plan to use the Terminal to export their coal to the likes of India, China and Japan.
In addition, key elements of the new terminal will include:
- New fishing facilities, extended jetty structure and additional pontoons
- A new ‘waterside’ cafe
- Additional car parking areas
- Extensive parklands including public art elements and urban landscaping
- Water play facility
- Shaded BBQ areas and open lawns.
Cutting Force assisted on the WICET project in late January/early February of this year.