Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal GC10 (Q999)

Project status: 
Major Project >$25m
Industry sector: 
Mining & Resources
Export Facilities
CFA Piles (Continuous Flight Auger)
Track Mounted
Our Client: 
Abigroup / Golding Joint Venture
End Client: 
WICET (Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal)
Project Time Frame: 
2012 to 2013
Gladstone Queensland

Key Challenges

  • Working under “Mine site” conditions
  • Unexpected obstructions in the ground (resulting in severe damage of heavy duty drilling equipment)
  • Re-design of the client designed pre-cast concrete pile scheme to a CFA pile scheme
  • Working to very tight construction programmes


  • Worley Parsons were the EPCM Contractor and Aurecon Hatch were the overall project design consultant
  • We undertook a Design & Construct contract for the “GC10” package foundation works for several conveyors and the coal yard gantry crane foundations
  • A total of 675 No.  900mm and 600mm CFA piles were constructed varying from 8 to 25 m depth
  • 25 Pile Dynamic Analysis (PDA) load tests, 1 vertical static load test to 1000 kN, 1 lateral static load test to 600 kN and 120 Pile Integrity Tests were required for pile design verification and certification.

Geotechnical conditions

  • Stiff clay, low strength mudstone

Key Plant

  • 1 x BG40 piling rig in CFA mode with Transcrete Concrete Pump, 100 ton crawler service crane, Franna crane, 25t excavator and PDA test frame.