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Port Kembla steel to be used in Port expansion

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Minister for Energy
Minister for Ports and Waterways
Minister Assisting the Treasurer on Business and Economic Reform

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Port Kembla steel to be used in Port expansion

March 3, 2006

Port Kembla steel will be used in the $40 million next stage of the inner harbour’s expansion, new Ports Minister Joe Tripodi announced today.

Mr Tripodi said Rollpress Proplate Group Pty Ltd had won a $5 million contract to supply 4,000 tonnes of steel piles for a new $40 million berth.

The company will supply 405 steel piles - each 1.2 metres in diameter - with a total length of seven kilometres.

The steel piles will be used in the 290-metre Multi Purpose Berth No. 3.

This tender attracted a lot of interest from steel fabricating companies in Australia, New Zealand, China, Malaysia and South Korea,” Mr Tripodi said.

I am pleased to say that an Australian company won the tender, and they will be using high strength BlueScope Steel.

Port Kembla is undergoing major expansion as part of the NSW Government's Ports Growth Plan.

Under the Plan, transfer of the vehicle trade and general and containerised cargo from Sydney Harbour to Port Kembla will be complete by 2008.

The move will mean approximately 250 additional vessels visiting Port Kembla annually, taking the number close to 900 per year by 2008. It will be a major boost to the Illawarra economy.

Member for Wollongong Noreen Hay, who inspected the port with Mr Tripodi today, said the steel pile tender is another significant step in the NSW Government's major upgrade of Port Kembla harbour.

'We have already spent $16 million extending the Multi Purpose Berth, and this next project will mean that three large vessels will be able to use the facilities simultaneously,'? Ms Hay said.

The Queensland-based Rollpress Proplate Group will deliver the piles in batches between early March and May, dovetailing with the start of the berth's construction.

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