Lucky Bay project update – February 2019

Lucky Bay project update

With T-Ports CEO Kieran Carvill 

Welcome to 2019. We are excited about the year ahead and know that this time, next year, we’ll be busy exporting your grain from the port at Lucky Bay.

All aspects of the project are on track to receive grain into both Lock and Lucky Bay bunker sites for harvest 2019.

Please read on for an update of what we have been working on over the past month.

Lucky Bay

Internal bunker works at Lucky Bay were completed by earthworks contractor Lucas Total Solutions in early December. There were a few minor remedial works to the Lucky Bay Road intersection, however, Lucas have now demobilised from the site.

In early January, Buttrose Earthmovers moved across from the Lock bunker site and are working on the 3km haul road that connects the bunker site to the port.

The entire haul road has been cleared, grubbed (removing organic matter such as tree stumps and roots from the soil) and cut to the subgrade level. The placement of rubble will commence later this month.

Once the haul road works are complete, Buttrose will move onto the portside earthworks and the Lincoln Highway flaring.


The earthworks at Lock were completed in early January, including the Tod Highway intersection upgrade.

A Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure inspection in early January saw practical completion for the intersection achieved.
The earthworks contractor Buttrose has subsequently demobilised from the site.

Part of the earthworks at Lock included the creation of a dam (picture above). There are four dams across the bunker sites, with a total capacity of 150 megalitres ensuring a sustinable water resource.


The contractors responsible for ground improvement (Keller) and earthworks (Buttrose Earthmovers) are due to start in the next month. All relevant approvals have now been received to allow construction works to commence.

CMW undertook a further nine boreholes wharfside early in the new year to provide additional data to support the wharf design.

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 in coming weeks.

Work is currently underway to install a total of 10km of bunker walls at both sites.

This includes 7km at Lucky Bay and 3km at Lock, which is being constructed by the crew at S & T Fencing and Mechanical (pictured above).

Weighbridge and truck sampling probe automation is also currently being installed.

Staff toilet blocks and lunchrooms will be delivered in March. Workshops have also been partially installed at both sites.

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