Abbot Point Supply and Installation of Stacker Reclaimers

FAM Queensland and Ports Corporation of Queensland

Abbot Point, Queensland, Australia

G&S Engineering undertook the major structural component supply and the structural and mechanical erection for four new FAM German designed stacker reclaimers. These were the first FAM machines sold into Australia.

Our manufacturing workshops in Mackay and Biloela were used to undertake heavy plate fabrication and welding of the four substructures and superstructures in large pre-assembled pieces which reduced onsite work. The manufacture of these components totalled approximately 2,000 metric tonnes of plate work.


Following fabrication, our team supplied the construction equipment, cranage, supervision and labour for the installation phase of the project. The assembly and installation encompassed the following equipment:

  • Bogies
  • Sub-structures
  • Slew bearing and machining of paths
  • Superstructure
  • Boom and mast structures
  • Counterweight boom and counterweight
  • Bucket wheel and drive systems
  • On-board conveyors, and
  • Piping and hydraulic installation.

Adding value through innovation

Our team adopted an innovative construction approach by changing the Original Equipment Manufacturer’s (OEM) recommended build sequence to allow greater on the ground pre-assembly. This new build sequence has since been implemented by the OEM as standard procedure.