The new joint venture berth facility between Glencore, Incitec Pivot, and the Port of Townsville is now operational.
The $85 million Berth 8 facility was commissioned last month.
“The project helps secure the long-term export future for mineral concentrates and fertiliser products produced within the resource-rich North Wester Minerals Province,” Glencore said in a company statement.
The new berth facility allows for two and a half more times shiploading capacity at the port, increased berth efficiency, and improves the site’s sustainability, with around $5 million of the total project cost focused solely on improving environmental performance.
This included better water management and treatment, enclosed conveyors, and dust collection systems along multiple points of the logistics network.
According to Incitec Pivot northern regional distribution manager Ray Gofton: “The Berth 8 facility will improve ship loading capability at the port, allowing for a quicker turnaround for vessels.”
Glencore port manager Greg O’Shea said the site is a critical piece of its regional supply chain.
“Our operations at the Port of Townsville provide the export gateway for a number of Glencore and third-party products,” O’Shea said.
“In 2014 we loaded approximately 1.75 million tonnes of product for export markets such as Europe, Asia, and North America.”
Closer to the “the Berth 8 project has been a significant support of local industry,” O’Shea said.
“More than half of Glencore and Incitec Pivot’s $41 million investment went to local north Queensland businesses.”
The Berth 8 facility was designed to replace the older facilities at Berth 7, which were first constructed over 100 years ago in 1913.