McElligotts Queensland have had the privilege to work with IMS (International Mining Services) on a project that has been ongoing for more than two years. On any given weekend, we receive anywhere from one to five used dump truck trays that we are responsible for refurbishing by blasting and applying a fresh new coat of paint to assist in maintaining their longevity.
This important project is conducted on weekends as the IMS mechanical team is busy working on other areas on maintenance of the dump trucks during the week. Our team maintains the same consistent level of quality and workplace safety that we implement across all our clients – quality and safety are two components we never deviate from.
The IMS dump truck trays can carry loads of up to 50 tonnes, so it’s essential we play our part in making sure they last as long as possible. We sometimes receive newer dump trucks trays which receive a more intense blast and respraying process.
We are proud to have been working with IMS for such a long period of time, and our experienced team is always committed to helping breath new life into these used dump truck trays – no matter the time of week.
In October 2012 and February 2013, McElligotts worked on two different projects as part of the Oaky Creek Coal Mine Conveyor remediation. Since then, McElligotts are proud to have been bought on as a permanent contractor, providing scaffolding, blasting and painting as part of the steel remediation project.
The Oaky Creek Coal Mine is located next to the small town of Tieri within the Bowen Basin Central Queensland and is serviced out of our Mackay depot. With 288 million tonnes of coking coal in reserves, the Oaky Creek Coal Mine is one of the largest coal reserves in Australasia and the world. The mine has two underground operations and a coal preparation plant, which is a joint venture between Xstrata Coal Queensland, Sumisho Coal Australia, Itochu Coal Resources Australia and ICRA OC.
Projects like these are rewarding to work on because we are able to contribute to such an important part of Queensland’s economy. Our focus each day at Oaky Creek is to provide the mining workers with the access and tools they need to complete their work safely and efficiently.
The McElligotts Queensland team thoroughly enjoy working on various projects with the Oaky Creek Coal Mine team and are looking forward to continuing .our support to their business throughout 2021.and into the future.
McElligotts have been engaged by Mackay Sugar of the Nordzucker Group to work on the remediation of the Mirani Bridge in Mirani, just a short drive from the town centre of Mackay. For many years, the Mirani Bridge has been used to transport sugarcane across the town from the fields to the sugar mill, which is an essential part of Mackay’s economy.
Mackay Sugar is Australia’s second largest sugar milling company, having milled cane for over 140 years across 3 sites in Mackay at Farleigh, Marian and Racecourse. The company also holds a 25 per cent interest in Sugar Australia Joint Venture, Sugar Australia, and New Zealand Sugar Company. Between their products of sugar, molasses, bagasse and mill mud/ ash, Mackay Sugar turns over $300 million annually.
As part of the corrosion remediation of the bridge McElligotts will conduct lead paint removal works. Lead paint is a toxic material that was commonly used to coat steel during construction projects prior to 1975. Over time, exposure to lead paint is extremely dangerous to humans due to its toxicity which can damage the brain, kidneys and nervous system in both children and adults.
Safety is our top value at McElligotts so we take measures to ensure our workers do not come into direct contact with the harmful lead paint by providing them with the appropriate personal protective equipment to wear whilst removing the old coating and environmental controls to ensure the work area stays below the exposure Standards After we remove the lead paint, we will re-coat the bridge with a safer, more durable protective coating system that will ensure the bridge remains free from corrosion for years to come.
McElligotts were awarded the project by Mackay Sugar on the back of our superior experience and reputation in safely carrying out similar lead removal paint projects throughout Australia.
Located in South East Queensland, about 80km from Brisbane, the Wivenhoe Dam is the region’s largest water storage and is the main water supply for Brisbane and greater Ipswich. Wivenhoe was first built in 1984, designed by the Water Resources Commission as a solution for providing a safe and reliable water supply for the region as well as managing flood mitigation. The dam’s removable gate allows SEQ water to make controlled water releases during times of heavy rain, with the dam storing a whopping 3.132 million megalitres of water.
In 2018, McElligotts was engaged by CS Energy to work on the $11.8 million overhaul of Unit 2 at the Wivenhoe Power Station. The power station, part of the Wivenhoe Dam, sits between the Splityard Creek Dam and Lake Wivenhoe and is the only pumped storage hydroelectric plant in Queensland. Its purpose is to drive the pump to lift water from Lake Wivenhoe to the upper storage of the Splityard Creek Dam to generate electricity. When demand for electricity peaks, the pump reverses the flow of water to the lower storage, driving the turbine to generate electricity. There are only two generating units part of Wivenhoe, each having a combined capacity of 570MW.
During the project, McElligotts worked in collaboration with CS Energy employees and other contractors including MHPS, Cleanaway and In Place Machining who all worked over 54,300 hours on the job. At its peak, the project had 120 workers on site including the power station’s permanent workforce of 11 and 109 external contractors. The project was scheduled to run from 3 April – 3 July, however the team worked hard and delivered the project early, making the power station ready for commercial use on 26 June.
McElligotts are proud to have worked on a piece of infrastructure that plays such an imperative role in Queensland’s electricity production. We would like to thank CS Energy for placing their trust in our work, along with the teams at MHPS, Cleanaway and In Place Machining for being a pleasure to work alongside.
McElligotts was recently engaged by one of our long-term Queensland clients to assist in the remediation of the berth deck and underside of Port Alma.
Port Alma is situated on the southern end of the Fitzroy River delta and is the major deep sea port for the city of Rockhampton. The Port is managed by the Gladstone Ports Corporation, owned by the Queensland Government and is the principal designated port for the handling of ammonium nitrate cargoes and Class 1 explosives on the east coast of Australia. In addition, the port handles bulk tallow and military equipment for exercises held at Shoalwater Bay.
McElligotts’ scope of work on the project primarily involved concrete remediation. Concrete Remediation refers to the structural repair and reinforcement of concrete, protection installation, joint and sealing repairs and more. It’s important to have concrete remediation carried out as soon as cracks are beginning to appear to ensure the safety and longevity of the structure.
In addition, McElligotts installed a cutting edge, highly safe access scaffolding system to enable workers to continue with their job safely. In line with our company values, our scaffolding structures are designed with safety as the number one priority to give workers the confidence to complete a project without compromising their safety.
For the Port Alma project, McElligotts used UHPW jetting to thoroughly remove the previous concrete and prepare the port for remediation. In addition, an access scaffolding system has been installed under the berth to enable personnel to obtain safe access between tides. We are very pleased with how the project is progressing and are confident we will achieve a great result.
2021 Project Updates
McElligotts has been hard at work continuing our Port Alma project throughout 2021. Our permanent crew onsite are responsible for water blasting on average 150 millimetres of concrete from the port. We have managed to remove complete areas of the port, exposing the reinforcements and progressing the project further. At McElligotts Queensland, we are incredible proud of the work our crew has done, and continues to do, on this significant port.
BHP Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) sought out McElligotts to perform repairs to concrete kentledge beams on berth two at the BMA Hay Point Coal Loading Facility in North Queensland.
The BMA Hay Point Coal Loading Facility is an important asset of Queensland Coal, and is a central loading point for the seven mines that BMA operate in North Queensland. As part of the remedial works, McElligotts were able to perform repairs using our own comprehensive Quality Management System, which was conveniently already in use onsite. During the project, McElligotts worked closely with consulting concrete engineering company Infracorr to develop and manage the Quality Management System over the 18-month duration of the project.
The scope of this project included:
Remove 150mm of concrete from the underside of the kentledge beams without damaging the steel reinforcing
Repair corroded reinforcing
Reinstate the removed concrete using dry concrete spray processes
Application of a hybrid cathodic protection system
This project is particularly significant for McElligotts because we were able to work cohesively with the client, engineers and suppliers to provide a safer workplace with a higher production rate and to a higher standard than what had ever previously been used on site.
McElligotts recently completed repairs for the Slade Point Reservoir in partnership with Mackay Regional Council.
The reservoir was exhibiting deteriorated concrete with spalling, delaminated concrete and areas of exposed reinforcement.
Slade Point is a small coastal town in Mackay. It’s unique location makes it one of the few spots in the region where visitors can experience both sunrises and sunsets over the ocean. The water reservoir services the local community of approximately 3,500 residents as well as a strong tourism presence, especially during whale watching season.
Following the completion of repairs to the reservoir, Mackay Regional Council and several local community groups and businesses engaged local artist Cara Saunders (aka ‘Owlet’) to paint an impressive mural on the exterior. Whales were selected as the focus for the mural as the water tower is located on the headland of Slade Point, making it a popular whale watching area.
This project is a great example of some of the smaller scale projects that our team work on. All of the preparation, concrete remediation and priming was completed by the Queensland McElligotts team.
In July 2010, McElligotts erected scaffolding access to a ship fender along a rail beam. Instead of a conventional vertical birdcage design, this scaffolding had to hang from engineered brackets, welded to the rail beam above. As part of the design and engineering process, we prepared a 3D CAD design for our clients, ensuring they had a better idea of what the finished product would look like before approving.
In October 2012 and February 2013, McElligotts worked on two separate conveyor belts at the Oaky Creek coal mine facilities. Oaky Creek has been open since 1982, and although the open cut mine is closed, underground coal mining is still operational. For this project, we were conducting paint remediation and structural integrity works on two 20m tall conveyor systems.
A birdcage scaffolding tower was engineered and constructed for each conveyor system, taking into account requirements for wind loading and other relevant environmental factors. From there, protective painting application was safely conducted by our team in fully encapsulated booths. Learn more about our scaffolding capabilities.
In April 2013, we were contracted by the Caval Ridge Coal Mine owned by BMA, to perform touch up painting and protective coating on their coal stacker reclaimer equipment. Initial surface preparation included abrasive blasting and mechanical cleaning. From there, construction paint damage was repaired and re-application of protective coating systems was conducted to the client’s specifications. In total, we worked on three raw and product coal stackers and two raw and product bucket wheel reclaimers.
During the course of that project, we were also hired to conduct similar paint and protective coating application on their new CAT 7495 Electric Rope shovel. As the rope shovel is a massive piece of equipment, we had an encapsulated on-site painting area, where each individual item was painted before being erected. In 2014, the Caval Ridge Coal Mine was opened and started producing coal a few months ahead of schedule.
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