Adani imports through Townsville

Posted March 26, 2015

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Claudia Brumme-Smith - Townsville Port trade and property general manager

The Port of Townsville will be the logistics hub for the construction and maintenance of the largest coal operation in Australia.

More than 200,000 tonnes a year will pass through Townsville Port to support Adani’s Carmichael mine and rail development.

Everything from project cargo, construction materials and a constant supply of fuel and chemicals would be imported for the Adani Carmichael coal project, said Townsville Port trade and property general manager Claudia Brumme-Smith said.

“It’s one of the largest coal projects in the world and it will need 99 years of supplies,” she said.

“Moving forward we see an opportunity to offer the port’s services for that period.”

The Carmichael lease is located 160kms north-west of Clermont placing

Townsville Port 60kms closer to the lease than Mackay.

Upgrades over the last five years including two new berths and the port access road, have placed the port in good stead to service the needs of the $16b development said Ms Brumme-Smith.

The most important berth for Adani project cargo would be Berth 10, said Ms Brumme-Smith.

“We invested about $85m in an upgrade for cruise, defence and general cargo vessels and this will be utilised for some of the cargo coming in from Adani,” she said.

“We also have berths three and four that will take some of the share.”

While existing infrastructure should be able to handle the bulk of project requirements, money will be spent on upgrading the existing laydown area to make it multi-cargo functional.

The upgrade spend will sit at about $1.6m over the next 12 months.

The port is also in the process of upgrading its berth to accommodate LR1 vessel tanks which ship bulk fuel.

Townsville would be the first Queensland port on their route able to facilitate their size Ms Brumme-Smith said.

The port is also expecting 15 per cent growth this year on the 58,706 containers in handled in 2013/2014.

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