Port Waratah's Project 145 Open for Business
An important milestone for Newcastle was reached today with the official opening of Port Waratah Coal Services’ Project 145 by the NSW Minister for Roads and Ports, the Hon. Duncan Gay.
Project 145 refers to the loading capacity of Port Waratah’s two terminals – 120 million tonnes per annum at Kooragang and 25 million tonnes at Carrington. It follows the completion of the Master Plan for the terminals, which was originally drawn up in 1982.
The Chief Executive Officer of Port Waratah, Hennie du Plooy, said much has changed since in the company’s operations in that time.
Most significantly, the biggest change has occurred in the environment within which we operate,” he said. “That is why in this terminal we have noise attenuated gearboxes and idlers, and real time dust monitoring, as standard practice. Our communities expect ever more of us and we recognise that we cannot be successful on our own.”
The scope of the projects, with a value of $950 million, that is celebrated today includes:
- The extension of two stockpile areas to provide over half a million tonnes of additional coal stockpile area;
- Completing the upgrade of the coal rail receival systems to unload trains and build stockpiles at an increased rate, including replacement of two original stackers;
- Provision of a fourth berth to upgrade shiploading capacity and dredging to provide access to the berth;
- Upgrade of the services to provide power, water, communication and process control infrastructure; and
- The construction of new Dump Station Four and associated inbound coal receival conveyor system complete with dedicated inbound rail loop and departure roads.
“Today, given where the coal chain is at and the available terminal capacity, it is likely that this capacity will suffice for the foreseeable future and provide certainty for stakeholders.
But we know that coal terminals are not built overnight and Port Waratah will continue to see approval for its Terminal 4 proposal, which has already been four years in the planning.”
These projects have been completed safely, on time and within budget. Port Waratah is a proudly local company, with 40 percent of its 415 employees living in Newcastle itself and the remainder through the region from Lake Macquarie to Cessnock.
Other notable attendees today included the State Member for Newcastle, Tim Owen, the Federal Member for Newcastle, Sharon Claydon, and the Lord Mayor, Jeff McCloy.
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