The Port of Newcastle has formally launched the Newcastle Bulk Terminal Development at Walsh Point, Kooragang Island.
The project is a AU$33 million (US $24 million) investment made by the Port of Newcastle in bulk cargo handling equipment, associated infrastructure and additional strategic initiatives.
The investment and initiatives include:
- The creation of the Newcastle Bulk Terminal through the combining of the Kooragang 2 and Kooragang 3 berths under one banner;
- Demolition of existing crane unloader infrastructure;
- Construction of a new crane unloader and associated infrastructure;
- Provision of temporary mobile hopper unloading infrastructure;
- Direct provision of environmental services at the terminal by Port of Newcastle; and
- Implementation of direct management of the terminal by Port of Newcastle, ensuring the core port principle of common user access is maintained.
Kooragang 2 and 3 berths are the busiest common user berths in the port, handling fertiliser, meals, alumina, magnetite, cement and a range of bulk liquid commodities. The two existing ship unloaders, which are now over 50 years old, will be dismantled and replaced by a new high capacity ship unloader, conveyor structures, wharf upgrades and electrical system. Mobile hoppers will provide continuity for customers at the terminal while the new equipment is constructed.
The port has engaged Kerman Contracting to carry out most of the development including the crane replacement, with electrical work to be performed by Downer EDI. The project is due for completion at the end of 2019.
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