Friday 18th Sep, 2020

Port Spencer grain export facility approved

Four grain storage expansion projects have been completed as part of the CBH Group’s upgrade to its network, adding additional capacity for 446,000 tonnes.

The South Australian Government has approved the $230 million Port Spencer Deep Water Port grain export facility project, which is set to create a surge of economic activity in the Eyre Peninsula.

Around 150 jobs will be created during the construction works along with an operation workforce of up to 30 people.

Before construction can begin, Peninsula Ports will be required to provide final plans for all structures, along with the associated management and financial arrangements necessary to minimise impacts on the coastal and marine environment, and upgrade of the access road to the site from the Lincoln Highway.

Planning and Local Government Minister Vickie Chapman said the State Government was keen to start moving on these types of infrastructure projects as quickly as possible, given the economic benefits it will create.

“Peninsula Ports’ modified proposal has been through the rigorous major development assessment process to amend and update the original Public Environmental Report (PER), and I’m pleased this is one of the first major developments I have been able to tick off as the new Minister,” Chapman said.

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“When completed, Port Spencer will enable large Panamax-sized vessels to be loaded and provide commercial benefits to the local grain industry through reduced transport costs, less double-handling of grain and increased market competition that could lead to improved prices offered to growers.

“The development approval that has been issued is subject to a comprehensive set of conditions to ensure construction and operation of the port facility proceeds in an orderly fashion and in a manner which minimises impacts.”

The development approval of the infrastructure project allows on site works to commence within two years and completion within five years.