Darwin port set for upgrade to meet mine expansions

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The Northern Territory Government says it’s considering a $35 million upgrade to Darwin Port to keep up with mining expansions in the region.

Transport Minister Gerry McCarthy told the ABC the Government was making plans to upgrade the port’s conveyor system to meet projected exports.

McCarthy said it was currently "not the time" to upgrade the facilities but the Government would make the changes when they were needed.

"We are doing the planning for it, we are doing the logistical research around it," he said.

The NT Opposition told the ABC the port’s conveyor system was outdated and the collapse of the Edith River rail bridge in December was still impacting miners.

Opposition transport spokesperson Adam Giles said Oz Minerals had been shipping copper concentrate south because it couldn’t use Darwin and the port was losing money.

In December a train carrying copper concentrate derailed after a flash flood took out sections of the Edith River rail bridge.

NT Worksafe ordered Oz Minerals to clean-up the area after around 1200 tonnes of copper concentrate washed from the train into the river.

The spill was cleared earlier this month.

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