Contractor named for $22m sugar shed revamp
The company is replacing the roofs on Shed 1 and Shed 2 during 2021 and 2022.
The work is expected to kick off next month and will extend the life of the sugar export infrastructure in Townsville by at least 40 years.
STL chief executive officer David Quinn said the project was the final component of a $100 million reroofing project that has rejuvenated 10 sheds across the company’s Queensland operations.
“BESIX Watpac is well-placed to complete this last element of our decade-long reroofing project,” Mr Quinn said.
“We are confident the team will deliver the project safely, on budget and on time, ensuring STL’s significant Townsville operations can continue to play a vital role in Australia’s sugar industry for decades to come.”
The two-year project, set to start onsite in March, will replace the roofing on two sheds with new aluminium cladding.
It will also upgrade and strengthen structural steel elements of the sheds, which were commissioned between 1959 and 1965.
BESIX Watpac northern area manager Wade Cummins said the project would require up to 50 people onsite.
“It represents a significant project in our ongoing commitment to North Queensland and joins a list of our other major projects including Townsville’s QCCB Stadium and Sun Metals zinc refinery Expansion,” Mr Cummins said.
The Townsville work follows a $12 million overhaul on one of the giant sheds at Mackay sugar terminal last year, and work on two sheds in Bundaberg last year.
STL has assets at the ports of Cairns, Mourilyan, Lucinda, Townsville, Mackay and Bundaberg.
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