Geraldton Port upgrades boost for mineral resources

Aerial view of Geraldton Port

Geraldton Port. Image: Australian Vanadium

The Western Australian Government is investing $332 million into Mid West Ports Authority’s Port Maximisation Project, to meet increased demand for Geraldton Port services and supporting more private investment and jobs, as part of the 2022-23 State Budget.

The initiative will be delivered over four years, facilitating growth by allowing Mid West Ports Authority to increase trade from 15 to 25 million tonnes per annum by 2026.

This plan will see new trades from 11 new customers and their diverse product mix of material, supported through a combination of debottlenecking and new economic infrastructure – covering transport, land acquisition, storage, materials handling, upgrades to Berths 1/2 and 6 and associated supporting infrastructure.

The project is expected to create more than 2700 jobs during construction and hundreds of indirect jobs and opportunities for local subcontractors to get involved.

Increasing capacity by 10 million tonnes per annum will provide great opportunities for prospective customers, with many of the projects included in the Port Maximisation Project accelerated to take advantage of commodity prices. This project will facilitate greater trade, maximise the use of the existing port footprint and deliver value to the Mid-West.

Ports Minister Rita Saffioti said Mid West Ports Authority had been experiencing substantial growth for port services, with projected demand increasing.

“This region has long been associated with grain and iron ore exports, but is becoming a valuable supplier of mineral sands, metal concentrates and silica sand in a rising global market,” she said.

“Our investment is going to support greater diversification at the Port, increased resilience, greater growth, and create more than 2,700 jobs. It will provide essential capacity for emerging Mid-West exporters to reach lucrative international markets.”

About Ray Chan

Editor of industrial titles and mastheads with Prime Creative Media. Publications include Rail Express and Australian Mining (web content).

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