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Outer Harbour Development Begins

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Outer Harbour opening ceremony

On the 29th August 2011, NSW Minister for Ports Duncan Gay joined the CEO of Port Kembla Port Corporation Dom Figliomeni, Chairman Nick Whitlam, as well as local Members, port users and stakeholders to celebrate a significant milestone in the ports history.

"Today we are here to commemorate the start of work in the development of Port Kembla's Outer Harbour," said Mr Gay. "The work is the start of a significant investment in the future of this region and the next phase of the port's development.

The Outer Harbour at Port Kembla is being developed to provide additional land and berthing facilities to cater for expected trade growth. The development will proceed in a staged fashion based on port user requirements and is anticipated to take 25-30 years to complete.

The work currently being undertaken is just one component of Stage 1 of the Outer Harbour development. The reclamation works will create additional port land to accommodate new port customers. When this stage is completed the facilities will allow storage, handling and processing of bulk cargoes.

A significant portion of the reclamation will provide land for Cement Australia's proposed cement grinding mill. The remaining area will be available for development of other bulk or break bulk cargo facilities.

Port Kembla Port Corporation CEO Dom Figliomeni said that the location for this project has particular historical significance. "It really is a case of "back to the future" for the port" said Mr Figliomeni. "This site in the Outer Harbour is one of particular historical significance; the new port growth is in the exact place where the port first started in 1898".

The port came to life with the passing of the Port Kembla Harbour Act in December 1898, and last financial year saw over 33 million revenue tonnes of trade through the port including 1014 vessel visits.

Minister Gay said the project was a welcome development for the region, particularly given the recent announcement by BlueScope Steel to restructure its Australian operations.

"This project will create thousands of jobs for the Illawarra region and help to ensure the long term prosperity of both the Illawarra and NSW," said Mr Gay. "The development of additional land in the Outer Harbour is crucial to ensure the current regional and State economic and employment function of the port continues well into the future".

The first stage of the development is for the reclamation of approximately 7 hectares to accommodate a new customer and potential new commodity exports.

Earlier this year a contract was awarded to local company Cleary Bros (Bombo) Pty Ltd to commence reclamation works.

The reclamation will require approximately 1.3 million tonnes of fill materials and rock armour and it will create approximately 7 hectares of usable land.

Port Kembla Port Corporation (PKPC) has in place commercial arrangements to utilise suitable industrial waste materials for land reclamation. Local company Australian Steel Mill Services (ASMS) will supply of 1 million tonnes of uncrushed blast furnace slag which will form the large majority of the fill materials required for this project.

The work will be undertaken in two sections, with the first section expected to be completed by the end of 2011 so that it can be delivered to Cement Australia for construction of their grinding facility. The second part of this reclamation is anticipated to be completed in mid 2012.

First stage of work

The first stage of the development is for the reclamation of approximately 7 hectares to accommodate a new customer and potential new commodity exports.

Earlier this year a contract was awarded to local company Cleary Bros (Bombo) Pty Ltd to commence reclamation works.

The reclamation will require approximately 1.3 million tonnes of fill materials and rock armour and it will create approximately 7 hectares of usable land.

Port Kembla Port Corporation (PKPC) has in place commercial arrangements to utilise suitable industrial waste materials for land reclamation. Local company Australian Steel Mill Services (ASMS) will supply of 1 million tonnes of uncrushed blast furnace slag which will form the large majority of the fill materials required for this project.

The work will be undertaken in two sections, with the first section expected to be completed by the end of 2011 so that it can be delivered to Cement Australia for construction of their grinding facility. The second part of this reclamation is anticipated to be completed in mid 2012.

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