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The Whyalla Port has been used to receive wind turbine blades

SIMEC, the GFG Alliance mining and infrastrurture company, released the following statement and pictures today on recent Whyalla Port activity at the steelworks site.

 

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SIMEC has once again demonstrated that its Whyalla Port is open for business.

The mining and infrastructure arm of Sanjeev Gupta’s GFG Alliance has commenced transporting nonindustrial cargo through the facility for a third‐party client.

Wind farms produced by Senvion have been offloaded onto the Whyalla wharf over recent weeks, ultimately bound for the Lincoln Gap project near Port Augusta.

SIMEC Mining Chief Operating Officer, Matt Reed, said the cargo highlights the increasing flexibility of the Whyalla Port.

“The use of our port by third parties has been of significant public and political interest for a number of years,” Mr Reed said.

“We have demonstrated our ability to transport numerous third‐party cargoes in the past, with this particular shipment proving our capability to handle more than just mining and manufacturing‐related materials.”

Mr Reed said SIMEC’s new stevedoring contractor, Qube Bulk, was now well‐established within the operations, with its capability expected to play a pivotal role in developing the port into a world‐scale, multi‐user facility.

“Qube has enhanced our existing capabilities, enabling the port to handle more activities and a broader range of GFG and third‐party cargoes,” he said.

“As well as ramping up our third‐party usage, we are also making a significant investment in the port through our partnership with Qube by installing a new mobile harbour crane. Once implemented later this calendar year, this equipment will significantly improve the port’s reliability and productivity.

“All of this demonstrates our increased capability and the acceleration of our interest in attracting third parties to use our Whyalla Port facility.”

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Member for Giles, Eddie Hughes, said he was pleased to see SIMEC taking steps towards creating a much‐needed multi‐user port facility for South Australia.

“I’ve been lobbying for some time for the Whyalla Port to be the central hub for the Spencer Gulf, helping the state to unlock the full potential of its abundant resources,” Mr Hughes said.

“This would generate a range of opportunities for Whyalla and help diversify our economy, so I’m looking forward to assisting the State Government in continuing to work with SIMEC to help the Whyalla Port reach its full potential.”

Senvion Australia CEO and Managing Director, Raymond Gilfedder, said the cargo included 68.5 metre turbine blades – currently the longest in Australia.

“SIMEC is a very capable partner and has been cooperative and flexible in order to meet our needs, so we have been very pleased with our experience of bringing large wind turbine components through the Whyalla Port,” Mr Gilfedder said.

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