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Aurecon Hatch provides EPCM at T4 for Port Waratah Coal Services

July 13, 2012

Aurecon Hatch has been retained by Port Waratah Coal Services (PWCS) to manage the Terminal 4 (T4) feasibility study and EPCM works in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia.

Known as the T4 project, the study is for an ultimate size of 118 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) coal export terminal that will be located adjacent to PWCS’s and NCIG’s existing coal terminals on Kooragang Island. PWCS’ existing operations (T1 and T2) have loading capacity of 133 Mtpa, which is expected to rise to 145 Mtpa by 2013. The first stage of loading capacity from T4 is required by 2015 with staged completions planned to meet future forecast demands.

Aurecon Hatch has already carried out the project’s conceptual engineering study, order of magnitude study, prefeasibility engineering study, and prefeasibility stage 2 study. The project is vital for the coal export industry in New South Wales and is a major commercial undertaking for PWCS. The project, which will be fast-tracked, will incorporate best practices used on the NCIG project. Substantial dredging and innovative concepts for site contamination management will be needed to meet the challenge posed by poor ground conditions.

The project team will include many who worked on the NCIG expansion projects and earlier T4 studies. Also, the construction management team from NCIG will transition to T4 as they finish their work on NCIG over the next year. Closely aligned with PWCS’s objectives and having a proven track record in safety and a small learning curve in their ramp-up, the T4 project team is well equipped with valuable local implementation knowledge and experience on coal export terminals to deliver a project of this magnitude and importance.

Most of the work will be carried out by the Newcastle office, with support from Brisbane and Wollongong as needed. The EPCM for the first stage (X67) is scheduled to begin in mid-2013.

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