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Work Begins on Crucial Port Hedland Project

This article was originally published via https://www.fullyloaded.com.au/.


The works will revitalise Port Hedland


The WA and federal governments are combining to fund crucial port works at Port Hedland that will benefit the Pilbara


Both the Western Australian and the federal government have announced that work has commenced on expanding the export and import capacity of the port of Port Hedland.


The governments say the project will unlock trade and investment opportunities, creating hundreds of new jobs and helping drive Australia’s net zero ambitions.


The federal government is investing $565 million to support common user port upgrades in the Pilbara, including expanding Lumsden Point in the port of Port Hedland, which the WA government is contributing $96.5 million towards.


The WA government says the project will deliver new multi-user facilities to help diversify trade in the area while supporting the growth of renewable industries.


This includes increasing the capacity to export battery metals like lithium and copper concentrates, as well as import renewable energy infrastructure such as wind turbines.


Growing the capacity of Pilbara Ports has been identified by Infrastructure Australia as a national infrastructure priority.


Lumsden Point forms part of the port of Port Hedland Development Plan Review, which was undertaken to maximise export capacity at the port.


The first stage of works on the project will construct two seawalls and a new causeway, which will connect the wharf to the proposed logistics hub.


MGN Civil was awarded the contract to complete the first of the seawalls, with a tender to soon be released for the delivery of the second.


Pilbara-based businesses will benefit from the first seawall contract, with 90 per cent of materials and suppliers to be sourced within the region and additional sub-contracting and labour opportunities on offer.


This will include partnerships with First Nations businesses and economic opportunities for communities across the north-west.


"The federal government will deliver $565 million to upgrade port facilities across the Pilbara - this will help unlock trade and investment opportunities, local jobs and help drive Australia's Net Zero future," Prime Minister Anthony Albanese says.


"Demand is growing locally and overseas for clean energy sources and our government's investment in the Lumsden Point expansion will help position Northern Australia to take advantage of the economic opportunities this demand presents."


WA Premier Mark McGowan says the Pilbara will receive a much-needed post to expand its shipping capabilities.


"This port expansion will help to position Port Hedland at the forefront of the future green industries that will drive our state's economy for decades to come," he says.


"We're investing in projects to diversify our economy and create local jobs right across the state."


WA transport minister Rita Saffioti says: "The Pilbara is the engine room of both the Western Australian and Australian economies, and it's so important we have both levels of government working together to expand our export and import capacity."


"We have a lot of natural advantages in Western Australia, but we must keep investing in the infrastructure that will drive our future growth and ensure our state and country capitalises on the opportunities that come from the transition to renewables."Both the Western Australian and the federal government have announced that work has commenced on expanding the export and import capacity of the port of Port Hedland.


The governments say the project will unlock trade and investment opportunities, creating hundreds of new jobs and helping drive Australia’s net zero ambitions.


The federal government is investing $565 million to support common user port upgrades in the Pilbara, including expanding Lumsden Point in the port of Port Hedland, which the WA government is contributing $96.5 million towards.


The WA government says the project will deliver new multi-user facilities to help diversify trade in the area while supporting the growth of renewable industries.


This includes increasing the capacity to export battery metals like lithium and copper concentrates, as well as import renewable energy infrastructure such as wind turbines.


Growing the capacity of Pilbara Ports has been identified by Infrastructure Australia as a national infrastructure priority.


Lumsden Point forms part of the port of Port Hedland Development Plan Review, which was undertaken to maximise export capacity at the port.


The first stage of works on the project will construct two seawalls and a new causeway, which will connect the wharf to the proposed logistics hub.


MGN Civil was awarded the contract to complete the first of the seawalls, with a tender to soon be released for the delivery of the second.


Pilbara-based businesses will benefit from the first seawall contract, with 90 per cent of materials and suppliers to be sourced within the region and additional sub-contracting and labour opportunities on offer.


This will include partnerships with First Nations businesses and economic opportunities for communities across the north-west.


"The federal government will deliver $565 million to upgrade port facilities across the Pilbara - this will help unlock trade and investment opportunities, local jobs and help drive Australia's Net Zero future," Prime Minister Anthony Albanese says.


"Demand is growing locally and overseas for clean energy sources and our government's investment in the Lumsden Point expansion will help position Northern Australia to take advantage of the economic opportunities this demand presents."


WA Premier Mark McGowan says the Pilbara will receive a much-needed post to expand its shipping capabilities.


"This port expansion will help to position Port Hedland at the forefront of the future green industries that will drive our state's economy for decades to come," he says.


"We're investing in projects to diversify our economy and create local jobs right across the state."


WA transport minister Rita Saffioti says: "The Pilbara is the engine room of both the Western Australian and Australian economies, and it's so important we have both levels of government working together to expand our export and import capacity."


"We have a lot of natural advantages in Western Australia, but we must keep investing in the infrastructure that will drive our future growth and ensure our state and country capitalises on the opportunities that come from the transition to renewables."


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