Baux­ite ex­port planned for port

South Western Times - - News - Michael Philipps

BUN­BURY MLA Don Punch has wel­comed a plan to ex­port baux­ite mined by Al­coa through Bun­bury Port.

South­ern Ports Author­ity yes­ter­day an­nounced it was set to ex­port some of Al­coa’s 2.5 mil­lion tonnes of baux­ite ear­marked for sale over the next two years.

Bun­bury is the sec­ond port ap­proved to ex­port the min­eral with the com­pany al­ready ship­ping baux­ite via the Kwinana Bulk Ter­mi­nal.

Mr Punch said it was fan­tas­tic to see the con­tin­ued growth and de­vel­op­ment of the port.

“The port is a key eco­nomic driver for Bun­bury and the re­gion,” he said.

“In­creased busi­ness through our port con­ducted in a way that is re­spon­si­ble and con­sid­er­ate of any po­ten­tial com­mu­nity con­cerns is a huge pos­i­tive for our com­mu­nity.

“The McGowan La­bor Govern­ment is com­mit­ted to sup­port­ing the con­tin­ued growth of the port and new trade like this shows our faith in the port and its con­tri­bu­tion to jobs and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment is well-founded.”

Bun­bury Welling­ton Eco­nomic Al­liance chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Matt Granger said the de­ci­sion was a new ex­port op­por­tu­nity for Al­coa and South­ern Ports Author­ity, and op­por­tu­ni­ties for new trade were wel­comed.

“New ex­port projects trans­late into ex­tra jobs at the port and through­out the sup­ply chain,” he said.

“This in­cludes jobs in the haulage com­po­nent and in plan­ning and build­ing im­proved in­fra­struc­ture at the port to han­dle the baux­ite.”

The baux­ite will be stock­piled on port land from early next month in an un­used coal bunker fa­cil­ity which was part of the old Bun­bury Power Sta­tion.

Author­ity chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Ni­co­las Fertin said the deal struck with Al­coa was de­signed to take ad­van­tage of favourable global mar­ket con­di­tions.

“We have worked to­gether with Al­coa to de­velop a plan for ex­port of baux­ite that will en­sure the cu­mu­la­tive im­pact of port oper­a­tions on the com­mu­nity of Bun­bury is not in­creased,” he said.

The stock­pile will be a max­i­mum of 7m high and dust sup­pres­sion strate­gies, in­clud­ing wa­ter carts, can­nons and sprin­klers, will be used to pre­vent dust.

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