Mining, Energy & Infrastructure Projects

The depth of experience, knowledge, skills and equipment within the Meales Group’s operation ensures our capability and capacity to perform a wide range of operationally complex projects.  In addition to the work we perform on LNG projects, we are continually engaged on a variety of other mining, energy & infrastructure projects.  Please see below a selection of projects we have completed or are currently working on.

Brisbane Airport Link and Tunnel

Brisbane Airport Link and Tunnel Contractor: Thiess John Holland Duration: 2009 to 2012 Thiess John Holland (TJH) is currently in the process of constructing Australia’s largest ever infrastructure project: the Airport Link Tunnel, Northern Busway and Airport Roundabout upgrade.
The project involves the construction of 25 bridges, 15km of tunnels and 7km of additional roads. 
Valued at $4.8 billion the joint venture began construction in November 2008 and is scheduled for completion mid 2012. Meales Brisbane depot was successful in securing one of the concrete pumping agreements for this project back in 2009.

Due to the array of equipment we have on offer and our close proximity to the project we have been a preferred supplier to TJH and many of the subcontractors working on site. The scope of works on this project is as diverse as the project itself with every imaginable type of pour or structure required to be pump.
With the project running 6 days a week 24 hours per day concrete pumping is an around the clock operation whether it be tunnel works below ground during the nights or large deck pours starting very early morning.
As the only concrete pumping contractor able to offer various telescopic and Z fold booms particular focus has been on servicing the tunnel section of the project with these versatile booms. With another 6 to 12 months of structures and tunnel fit out Meales involvement with TJH and subcontractors remains strong with many exciting challenges ahead.

Follow the link to “latest news” to read about our 5200m3 continuous tunnel pour we recently completed.

Brisbane Airport Link and Tunnel
Contractor: Thiess John Holland

Duration: 2009 –2012

Yarwun Alumina Refinery

Yarwun 2 Alumina Refinery, base 10 km from Gladstone is is currently undergoing it's Stage 2 expansion. Bechtel
Constructions and Golding Contractors Joint Venture are the major contractors responsible for  doubling of the size
of this processing plant.
With earthworks completed early 2008 civil and structural works are in full swing with more than 1500 workers involved 
in this project.
With more than 70,000 cubic meters of concrete  to be placed in this project, this requires one full time pump onsite with
the support of any where up to 4 other pumps assisting with the daily placement of concrete.
February 2009 will also see a separate placing boom require for the 45m high concrete silo.

This project is expected to be fully completed by early 2010

Yarwun Alumina refinery Stage 2
Contractor: Golding and Betchel

Duration: 2008 to Current

Hale Street Bridge

With the Hale St Bridge (officially named the Goodwill Bridge) well and truly completed we take this opportunity to look back on how this bridge structure was completed and in particular how the concrete was placed on this project.
From the earliest days of planning this project it was obvious this particular job was not going to be your standard bridge project. Some of the more challenging obstacles  presented were – pile caps situated mid river with no allowance for false work bridges, counter levered insitue bridge spans with no vehicle access and one of Brisbane’s busiest walk / pathways and road carriage ways running through the project.
The final outcome resulted in a large array of equipment being used to complete this project. Some of that equipments was as follows:

  • Mobile boom pumps ranging in size from 25 to 48m to complete the land based structures.
  • Two high pressure Schwing trailer pumps servicing two Schwing separate placing booms mounted on floating barges with concrete conveyed through 4 x 150m static lines on floating walkways.
  • Schwing high pressure trailer pump servicing a mobile boom pump which was lifted onto the bridge structure.
  • Water wash out system was used to complete all line clearing

Hale Street Link Alliance
Contractor: Macmahahon, Seymour Whyte

Duration: 2008-2010

Mackay Water Treatment Plant

John Holland was contracted for the Mackay Water Recycling Project (MWRP) in a joint venture with Tenix. The MWRP
project is the largest regional reuse scheme of it's kind in Australia.
This contract involved the placement of approx 20,000 cubic meters of concrete in many different types of structures.

Due to the hot temp's that north Queensland has to offer during it's summer months many of the large ground and basement pours were only able to be completed of a night due to obvious reasons.  



Mackay Water Treatment Plant
Contractor: John Holland 

Duration: 2007-2008

Abbot Point Coal Terminal

Situated about 25km north of Bowen, Abbott Point is Australia's most northerly coal port. With current expansions underway,
John Holland awarded X25 and BMD awarded X50 the forecasted output of this terminal will be over 100 million tonnes per annum. This involves the upgrade rail in- loading facility, coal handling and stockpile areas, jetty and conveyor systems.
All concrete on this project will be required to be pumped.


Abbot Point
Contractor: John Holland 

Duration: 2004 to Current

Lihr Gold Mine

Lihir Gold is one of the World’s largest Gold Mines and processing facilities situated on the island of Lihir, 900 km northeast of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.

Major expansions took place to the processing plant during 2006 and 2007. This required the placement of approximately 15,000 Cubic Metres of concrete to tunnels and various structures to support the new plant

Lihir Gold Mine
Contractor: Lihir Gold Corporation

Duration: 2006 – 2007

Burdekin Pipeline

Due to the shortage of water required to service the Coal Mining Industry in the Bowen Basin, Sunwater is constructing a Pipeline to transfer water from Georges Weir (near Collinsville) to Moranbah. The project involves the placement of approximately 15,000 Cubic Metres of concrete into many structures over a 220 km distance.

Due to the remoteness and lack of access, this job has required 1 to 2 pumps based onsite full time, with the support of 3 concrete plants strategically placed along the pipeline.

Burdekin Pipeline
Contractor: McConnell Powell

Duration: 2006 – 2007

Port of Gladstone
As part of the upgrade  to the R G Tanna Coal terminal in Gladstone a extra shipping berth and coal loader was added to the wharf. This   
required additional dolphins to be positioned  for the ships to rest up against and tie off too. As these dolphins stood remotely    
off the main wharf access for concrete placement was always going to be an issue. With much planning from John Holland and ourselves the   
job proved to be no problem at all.
Concrete was pumped from the land by mobile boom pump into crane kibbles on a barge. From there the barge made its 2km trip to the dolphin     
where another barge awaited with a large crane to lift the kibbles and empty them into the trailer pump which then dispersed the concrete into    the structure. This proved to be an extremely successful process

Port of Gladstone
Contractor: Albem / John Holland / Goldings

Duration: 2004 to Current

Collgar Wind Farn

Meales recently completed the Collgar Wind Farm Project (situated 25km East of Merredin, Western Australia) for Catcon.
Have successfully completed several wind farm projects for Catcon previously in NSW, with Collgar being the single largest wind farm project to date reliability was always going to be the key to a successful outcome.
111 wind turbine bases each taking 280m3, with additional works such as blinding layers saw 35,000m3 of concrete placed in just over 5 months.
A great job, with a great outcome for all involved.

Collgar Wind Farm
Contractor:Catcon (Civil & Allied Technical Construction Pty Ltd)

Duration: September 2010 - March 2011

Gold Coast Desalination Plant

The Gold Coast Desalination Project, originally initiated by Gold Coast City Council and now owned by Sure Smart Water (whose sole shareholder is the Queensland Government), is the first large scale water desalination plant on Australia’s eastern seaboard.
Located at Tugun on a six hectare former landfill site, when fully operational the facility will supply 125 mega litres a day of pure drinking water to South East Queensland, one of Australia’s worst drought affected regions. The facility will be a vital element in the State Government’s new $9 billion SEQ Water Grid, Gold Coast City Council’s Water futures Strategy and the State Government’s South East Queensland Regional Drought Strategy Contingency Supply Plan.
The GCD Alliance (an alliance of leading companies appointed to deliver the project and the facility owner) will set a construction record by finalising the complex project by November 2008


Gold Coast Desalination Plant
Contractor: GCD Alliance

Duration: 2007-2008

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