Work begins in Lock, Lucky Bay

WORK on the $115-million Lucky Bay port facility is due to begin next week after T-Ports awarded construction companies to a number of local companies.

The construction at the bunker sites is set to begin next week, with the commencement of earthworks at Lucky Bay and Lock.

Lucas Total Contract Solutions will construct the Lucky Bay bunkers, while Buttrose Earthmovers will work out of the Lock site, which will feature 150,000 tonnes of storage space.

Construction company Ahrens is managing the 358-hectare Lucky Bay port site and is expected to start building the shallow harbour grain terminal in mid-July.

Ahrens is expecting to complete work on stage one in December, in time to ship the 2018/19 grain harvest.

T-Ports chief executive officer Kieran Carvill said the project was on track for completion ahead of the 2018/19 grain harvest season, with artist impressions of the port site recently unveiled.

“Ahrens are well advanced in both the mechanical and civil design of the port,” Mr Carvill said.

“Test pitting to check for suitable gravel and rubble materials at both Lucky Bay and Lock has also brought pleasing results.”

Mr Carvill said a major milestone for the development was appointing Adelaide-based software management company Eka to install the inventory management system which would allow trade partners to view their transactions online.

“The portal will allow growers and trade to see their transactions and stock levels in real time and undertake weigh-note transfers to facilitate fast payment,” he said.