Port Spencer – A globally competitive grain focused, multi-commodity, multi-user port
Port Spencer is a grain focused, multi-commodity, multi-user port. The purchase of an additional 283 hectares adjacent to the site will now provide the ability to separate commodities and loading, to ensure quality products and international certification of the port. The port’s existing jetty design already allows for independent and separate loading of ships and different commodities.
Accommodating additional commodities at Port Spencer will help attract new investment into the Eyre Peninsula, support diversification of the local economy and long-term growth for the region.
Fly through of the proposed Port based on the current state of the engineering design as of September 2020.
Port Spencer is planned to be a multi-commodity, multi-user port with its initial build being designed for it to take its place as a globally competitive grain port. The port has been designed for maximum operational effectiveness and efficiency, with benefits and cost savings to be returned to growers, traders, and investors – as well as the local community. These benefits include its strategic location and planned access road improvements, through to its high volume grain storage systems and highly efficient ship loading facilities.
Grain management infrastructure and systems have similarly been designed to maximise site efficiency, reduce turn-around times, increase grower returns and improve the grower experience.
As growers, we know, every minute our grain is on the road is lost income. With efficiency features built into the site plan, including the location of our Sample Hut, Access (Entry/ Exit) Roads, Weigh bridge and Bunker Grids, Port Spencer will be purpose-built to improve operational efficiency for growers.
From our choice of location, planned access road improvements, State-of-the-Art grain storage and ship loading facilities, Port Spencer is being built from the ground up to compete as an International best-practice grain port.
According to the Australia Export Grains Innovation Centre, international competition is placing downward pressure on grain pricing in Australia (and in particular, the Eyre Peninsula). Key to increasing margins is reducing costs by realising efficiencies.
To this end, Port Spencer is designed to take advantage of the natural benefits of the deep water just 200m off of the coast.
Best in class grain loading facilities will provide up to 30,000 tonne per day receival capacity; 50,000 tonne silo storage for fast, un-interrupted ship loading; and 2,400 tonne per hour peak ship loading capacity.
The wharf will have the ability to accommodate a vessel on both sides with relatively minor modification and could carry a second conveyor or pipe if required. Therefore, whilst it is not currently part of our plan, Peninsula Ports is open to exploring opportunities for other bulk commodities to move through the port if the business case justified it and the required approvals were in place. Feasibility studies and approvals would however need to be paid for by the proponents, not by growers.
Wharf Construction Partners
Peninsula Ports’ project partners McConnell Dowell supported by Jacobs Engineering worked together on this recent award-winning wharf construction solution (650m jetty) for Rio Tinto in Far North Queensland – minimising the impact on site, and reducing construction time and costs.
We’ve worked hard to identify industry leaders to work with us to build a world-class grain port.
More than just Business As Usual.
(skip to 1:20 – 1:40 for wharf construction imagery)