The second Kwinana Bulk Terminal upgrade involved significant expansion of the port capacity and outloading capabilities. Conveyor systems at the site were upgraded to handle the increased throughput generated by the upgraded train unloading facilities and newly refurbished, high capacity stacker. SG Controls provided extensive commissioning services for all electrical and control systems components of this upgrade.


  • Built in the 1950s with throughput capacity of 400t/hr
  • Land owned and terminal operated by Fremantle Ports since 2002
  • EPA approval granted in 2002 to import and export approx. 5.6 million tonnes of bulk products
  • Upgrade project to increase Bulk terminal capacity to 2,500t/hr


  • KBT’s operational bulk berth has throughput capacity around 5‐7 million tonnes/year
  • Actual capacity depends on mix of products, rail receival arrangements and import/export mix
  • 10 coal trains weekly (1‐2 coal shipments per month)
  • 9 iron ore trains weekly (6 shipments of iron ore per month)

Products Handled

  • Cement clinker
  • Coal
  • Gypsum
  • Nut coke
  • Granulated slag

Scope of upgrade

  • Reinstatement of rail to accept standard gauge rolling stock
  • Upgrading of the train unloading system
  • Installation of a refurbished stacker
  • New train receival conveyor system, transfer tower & auto stacker
  • New export conveyor system, product hoppers & transfer tower
  • New product sample and weigh station
  • Upgrading of jetty conveyors and transfer chutes
  • Services such as electrical and water reticulation
  • Early 2012: All construction works fully completed, commissioned and handed to Fremantle Ports to operate and maintain

Our involvement

Electrical supervision, automation and commissioning of:

  • Installation and commissioning of process control cubicles
  • New HV & LV reticulation and connection to existing services
  • Three new sub stations
  • Stacker/Unloader
  • Rail receivable
  • Five new ore conveyers
  • Quality assurance inclusive of all testing and verifications
  • Controls design
  • Commissioning management
  • Interfaces to existing plant & equipment
  • Supply and management of personnel