Latest News 2012

Latest News - Last Updated 03/12/2012

Putzmeister BSA 2109 Statinary Pumps for Gladstone 03/12/2012
Meales has deployed three new Putzmeister BSA 2109 HP stationary concrete pumps to Bechtel QCLNG - Queensland Curtis Liquefied Natural Gas project in Gladstone. These three machines will be used to place the concrete for the upper walls and roofs for the two large LNG storage tanks.

Josh Thompson CSTC QLD Apprentice of the Year 2012 22/08/2012
The construction Training Skills Centre of QLD has held on Friday the 17th of August its annual Trainee and Apprentice of the Year Awards.
We are proud to support Johsua Thompson who was nominated and finished Runner up for Dogger/Rigger of the Year.
Congratulations to Johsua and thanks to CSTC, Nikita Lake and Virgina Simcoe for their help with our apprentices throughout the year and for the enjoyable night.
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Meales Northern Territory. Briggs St Appatements 21/08/2012

The Northern Territory Branch has expanded its skill set by introducing a new method of concrete delivery. A KVM 23 Seperate Placing Boom supplied by our Brisbane Branch to assist completion of the Briggs street Appartments in the heart of Darwin.
It is sittiing on a Cruciform and 12 metres of tube and will be able to climb with the building as it progresses to completion towards 13 levels and 10,000 m3 of concrete.


Meales West Concrete Pumping has Commenced! 13/08/2012

Meales West Concrete Pumping is the Western Australian Division of The Meales Group.

With increasing involvement in Mining, Energy & Resource Sector project work in recent years, we felt it timely to establish a formal presence in WA.  Teaming up with Graham Willett, Managing Director of local WA operation ‘All States Concrete Pumping’, we have formed Meales West Concrete Pumping to service project work in Western Australia.

Graham brings to the partnership a wealth of knowledge, skills and experience in all facets of concrete pumping, having worked in the industry in Western Australia for more than 20 years. 

If you would like further information about Meales West and the equipment and services we can provide to your project, please contact Graham on Mob:  0433 117 219 or contact Graham by email


New 34m 4-Stage Z-Fold  & 48m 5-Stage Concrete Pumps Arrive in Darwin! 11/08/2012

Meales’ Darwin operation is excited to announce the arrival of a new 34m 4-stage Z-Fold Concrete Pump and a 48m 5-stage Concrete Pump, both mounted on DAF chassis’, to service the NT market.  With demand for construction of large sheds/industrial & commercial buildings increasing, the Z-Fold was the logical choice as it is particularly suited to this type of work.  The 48m will be the largest pump in the Territory and has the capacity to service both the Darwin City market and mining/infrastructure projects across the Territory.  The addition of these new machines to the Meales Darwin fleet will enhance and support the range of services we currently provide.


Meales Gladstone awarded Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal Project. 30/07/2012

Once again we are very please to be awarded all concrete pumping packages for Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal – WICET.

WICET is a new $3.5 Billion Greenfields Coal Terminal being constructed on the fringe of Gladstone over the next two years.  Due to the large scale of this project the managing contract, Worley Parsons has awarded different components of the project to several companies.

To date Meales has been awarded concrete pumping packages for:

  • Abi Golding JV for the placement of approx 80,000m3 of concrete in tunnel structures. This will require the use of 4 boom pumps to be based on site full time for 12 to 16months. 
  • BMD for the rail receival dump station and 5.5km of overland conveyor, approx 10,000m3
  • CMC – Various Bridge packages
  • ABI Group – 13km Rail Balloon Loop with various drainage structures requiring concrete.

For further information about this project visit the website at



“ALL PUTZ’D UP” 21/06/2012

With construction now full steam ahead at Queensland Curtis LNG Plant (QCLNG), Curtis Island Gladstone, the arrival of our two new 47m Putzmeister Boom Pumps for the project has been very welcomed.  These two machines went straight to work with their first pour being an 1,800m3 compressor slab.

Our third new Putzmeister 47m is on site at Gladstone LNG (GLNG) and a further new machine is expected to arrive in coming weeks.

With progress at Australian Pacific LNG (APLNG) now starting to gain momentum, the arrival of an additional two new 47m Putzmeister pumps is keenly anticipated to assist with all concrete placement on site.

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Lend Lease Oral health Building 22/05/2012

After much success working with Lend lease in previous high rise developments such as the Brisbane Supreme court and Gold Coast hospital Specialised concrete Pumping were the preferred contractor when tendering on the new Oral health building.

After early works a crane base was installed and the Pioneer run of the DVMK50 (Worlds largest Seperate placing boom) on the job kicked off with a 389 Cubic metre pour. A Schwing BP3000 pumping through 250m of Pipeline saw 50 cubic metres an hour placed on Saturday 19th May 2012.


Curtis Island LNG projects, Gladstone 02/04/2012

We are very pleased to announce that Bechtel Constructions has awarded Meales’ Gladstone operation the concrete pumping packages for all three LNG projects situated on Curtis Island, Gladstone.

Bechtel has placed its confidence in Meales by engaging us for:

  • QCLNG – Queensland Curtis Liquefied Natural Gas
  • GLNG – Gladstone Liquefied Natural Gas
  • APLNG – Australian Pacific Liquefied Natural Gas.

Each project requires the placement of approximately 120,000m3 of concrete over a period of two years.  We will use 2 x 47m pumps and one smaller unit to complete each project.

With our longstanding local presence in the Gladstone market, Bechtel felt reassured of our ability to offer additional equipment to meet short term peak demands, equipment and personnel backup and maintenance and servicing requirements.

Along with servicing Bechtel’s requirements, Meales is also engaged with many other Tier One Contractors performing other aspects of the construction for these projects including:

  • John Holland – QCLNG and GLNG Material off loading and Jetties.
  • Thiess – Earthworks and Earlier works on QCLNG.
  • MacMahons – Eathworks and early works GLNG.
  • Golding Contractors – Boral Batch plants QCLNG, GLNG and APLNG.
  • Leighton Contractors – APLNG camp.


Watch this space for further updates on the projects as they progress.

Meales PNG 30/03/2012

After 18 months of servicing the concrete pumping market of Port Moresby PNG, Meales PNG is building a strong reputation for suppling reliable, prompt and safe concrete pumping services to the local contractors of Port Moresby.

Having adopted the same philosophies that we have built our Australian operations around, Port Moresby contractors can see the time and cost saving benefits of using concrete pumps, where previously the slower method of crane and kibble may have been used.

As a result, Meales PNG has been fortunate to be involved in all new projects that have commenced in the last 18 months.


Curtis Island LNG Full Steam Ahead 25/01/2012

Construction of the three LNG plants on Curtis Island, Gladstone QLD is now well underway.  Meales’ Gladstone branch is integrally involved in the construction process, having been awarded concrete pumping packages by principal contractor, Bechtel Constructions.

With the first of many large volume pours already completed for QCLNG’s tank and compressor slabs, works are rapidly progressing on site and additional equipment will be systematically deployed from the Meales fleet to meet the increasing momentum.

Six mobile boom pumps (34m to 48m) from the Meales fleet are currently servicing the project on a daily basis.  A further 4 new Putzmeister 47m boom pumps will soon also call Curtis Island home for the next couple of years.

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Gorgon LNG, Barrow Island WA, Update 17/01/2012

The arrival in July 2010 of two new 58m Putzmeister 5-stage boom pumps on Barrow Island, 60 kms off the mid-WA coast, heralded the start of construction works by CB&I on the Gorgon LNG tank bases.

Meales’ operators promptly and enthusiastically put the two machines to use.  

The additional reach of the 58m Putzmeisters has been perfect for this project, as it has allowed all sections of these enormous tank foundations to be poured from the end of the boom with no additional hose.  As a result, the pour rates for the high-strength concrete have been excellent and large pours have been completed in a timely fashion.

To coincide with the start of vertical wall pours, the arrival of a third 58m boom pump is expected in coming months.  All three long-reach booms will then be kept busy pouring wall sections of 700m3 per pour.

At the completion of the walls, a Putzmeister MX36 placing boom will be mounted to pour the roof segments.

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Meales now servicing Dysart, Central Queensland 08/01/2012

With the success of our Moranbah branch servicing the Bowen Basin and nearby Coalfields, we are pleased to announce the commencement of our operation in Dysart, Central Queensland.

Since our beginnings in Mackay in 2007 and Moranbah in 2009, significant investment in the mining and resource sector has seen rapid expansion of project work in this region.  The need for a quality local concrete pumping operation, with modern and reliable equipment that meets the highest BMA requirements and a pool of competent fully ticketed and mine inducted operators, is essential to service the increasing demands. Our new Dysart operation will assist us to fulfil these needs.

To ensure full utilisation of equipment across the Bowen Basin, all Moranbah and Dysart job bookings are managed by our Mackay Manager, Tony Douglass, who can be contacted on 0432 33 22 66.

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