Lucky Bay project update – March 2019

Lucky Bay project update

With T-Ports CEO Kieran Carvill 

March has been an exciting and busy month for T-Ports!

Construction has begun on the next phase of T-Ports’ Lucky Bay port project with ground improvement commencing at the port site last week, as work to complete the upcountry bunker sites nears completion.

Lucky Bay port construction underway!

Contractors Keller (ground improvement) and Buttrose Earthmovers (earthworks) have begun port construction.

This is an exciting step in the project’s timeline and signals the project is on track to deliver its goal of bringing the port closer to the product.

Heavy machinery is at work for the remediation and ground improvement scopes at the site.

Local concrete supplier Turners Readymixed Concrete are supplying the concrete for Keller, who will pour more than 1000 concrete columns into the ground at a rate of 100 columns per day. These will provide a solid platform for the large silo bases.

More equipment will move in for the concrete and structural steel works in the weeks to follow.

The many years of work that have gone into the project are now beginning to come to fruition in a really visible way in coming months.

The $130 million Lucky Bay project features two up-country bunker storage sites at Lock and Lucky Bay with approximately 500,000 tonnes of capacity, steel silos at port with approximately 24,000 tonnes of storage, port receival and loading facilities, a bespoke transhipment vessel with a capacity of 3,500 tonnes and a fertiliser import and storage facility.

T-Ports is a proudly South Australian company and committed to supporting South Australian businesses and regional communities.

We’ve hired local companies like Lienert Engineering, Lucas Total Contract Solutions, Ahrens, Kilic Engineering and Buttrose Earthmovers in construction along with local carriers freighting materials.

We are on track to be open and ready for grain deliveries in October this year and look forward to a long and productive relationship with growers on the Eyre Peninsula.

We see a long and beneficial partnership with EP communities and we know this development will provide grain growers in the region the competition in the supply chain they have been waiting a long time for.

Lucky Bay bunker site

The haul road at Lucky Bay which runs between the bunker site and the port site is close to complete. The final stage – laying and compacting the top layer of rubble – will be complete during April.

The bunker walls are currently being constructed and will also be complete in the next month.

There is almost 7km of bunker walls being erected at the Lucky Bay site alone!


The bunker wall construction is now complete at the Lock bunker site. A total of 3km was installed.

Other works

Services related to power and water have been partially installed at the bunker sites. SA Power Networks is expected to connect the mains power within a month at both bunker sites.

Weighbridges have now been calibrated and and truck sampling probe automation is currently being installed.

Staff toilet blocks and lunchrooms will be delivered in early April. Workshops have been fully installed at both sites.

Employment opportunities

T-Ports will begin a recruitment drive in coming months to ensure sites are staffed for the 2019 harvest.

More information will be available on the T-Ports website.

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