Minister for Roads and Freight Duncan Gay MLC along with Dom Figliomeni, NSW Ports Executive General Manager Commercial and Tony Day, Chairman of Quattro Ports officiated at a ground breaking ceremony to mark commencement of the project.
The project will include an upgrade to berth 103, construction of new grain bulk storage and rail discharge facilities, conveyors and a mobile ship loader.
Tony Day Chairman of Quattro Ports said that Port Kembla was chosen as the preferred location for the new facility due to its strategic location, access to deep water and the Ports preparedness to invest in the project.
Grain growers are set to benefit from Quattro’s new grain export terminal at Port Kembla which will provide more competition along the grain supply chain throughout the grain growing regions of New South Wales.
The significant investment in Port Kembla demonstrates Quattro’s commitment to building infrastructure to provide an efficient pathway for Australian grain to the world.
Quattro Port Kembla will be an open-access terminal which will provide grain export opportunities to all grain traders and exporters in the New South Wales grain market. The Quattro facility is specifically designed to receive grain by rail and will utilise the existing Inner Harbour rail sidings. It will have the capacity to handle in excess of 1.3 million tonnes of export grain per annum plus the ability to also handle import cargo and is scheduled to open before the 2015 harvest.
In addition Quattro’s innovative design will allow for other agri-products be both imported and exported through the facility. The facility will be constructed by Kerman Contracting Pty Ltd and includes significant input from local Illawarra and NSW sub-contractors.
As part of the project NSW Ports has committed to an extension and deepening of the existing berth (Berth 103) to allow it to accommodate large bulk carriers. Executive General Manager Commercial Dom Figliomeni said that upgrading existing port assets in support of new trade opportunities was an investment that NSW Ports was happy to make.
“This investment will allow for increased utilisation of our existing port assets and as owners of the port rail network, it is great to see increased usage of rail infrastructure” said Mr Figliomeni”.
Construction of the facility and berth extension is expected to create 75 new jobs during construction and Quattro will employ around 10 staff when fully operational.