It was very pleasing to recently announce that the Port Kembla Port Corporation (PKPC) finished the 2009/2010 financial year with a record trade throughput of 31.045 Million tonnes and also a record number of ship visits for the year of 1,001. The growth in trade and ship visits have been the catalyst for the planning of the port's Outer Harbour to ensure that the port continues to support the growing economic requirements of the region and NSW.
In news on the development of the Outer Harbour, the Environmental Assessment (EA) process for development of Port Kembla's Outer Harbour is progressing well. Port Kembla Port Corporation is seeking concurrent Concept Plan Approval and Major Project Approval under Part 3A of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 for the development.
Following a six week community consultation process (including two community information sessions) a total of 18 submissions were received, with the PKPC response to the submissions being lodged with the Department of Planning on 18 June 2010. PKPC has provided all necessary information requested by the DOP and is currently awaiting a response.
A contract was awarded in February of this year to joint venture company SMEC (Snowy Mountains Engineering Corporation) and Cullen, Grummitt & Roe to undertake site investigations, detailed reclamation design and preliminary berth design for the Outer Harbour development. SMEC is currently working with PKPC Engineers to refine reclamation design options. Work (on this project) is due to be completed in approximately October 2010.
Tenders for the construction of the first stage of the reclamation are anticipated to be called during November 2010 with work expected to commence in early 2011.
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