An agreement between the Port Kembla Port Corporation (PKPC) and Australian Steel Mill Services (ASMS) is a significant step in bringing Port Kembla's Outer Harbour Master Plan to life.
In March the NSW Government gave approval for PKPC to purchase one million tonnes of blast furnace slag for the first stage of land reclamation in the Outer Harbour.
The material is the waste product from steel making and is being supplied by ASMS, a Wollongong based company responsible for the management of the blast furnace slag at Bluescope Steel.
Land reclamation is critical to the future development of the Outer Harbour. The one million tonnes of blast furnace slag will be sufficient for approximately 8 - 10 hectares of reclaimed land.
The development of the Outer Harbour is critical, for the future growth of the port and the capacity of the region to attract new import/export business. While the Inner Harbour can cater for organic growth of existing businesses, it is not able to meet the needs of new businesses.
Along with this initial 8- 10 hectares of land reclamation known as stage 1A, this part of the project also provides for the future development of a new bulk berth, dredging and the associated services and facilities.
Bringing forward this investment and development at Port Kembla will lead to the creation of jobs for the Illawarra region. It is expected the reclamation process will create much needed jobs with more anticipated as development continues. The land reclamation project is expected to commence in early 2010 and take approximately 18 months to complete.