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Resource Infrastructure Task Force identifies three potential multi-user ports

1 October 2015

An in-depth analysis of the potential for developing a high-capacity, multi-user port in the Spencer Gulf has identified three preferred options.

The Resources Infrastructure Task Force was asked to confirm the preferred commercial solutions for bulk mineral export infrastructure in the Spencer Gulf.

The Task Force confirmed a single high-capacity, multi-user port in the Spencer Gulf alone would not be capable of servicing all of the potential exports generated by proposed mining projects across South Australia’s three major iron-ore regions.

Instead, it identified opening Arrium’s Port of Whyalla to third parties and proposed ports at Cape Hardy on the Eyre Peninsula and Myponie Point south of Port Pirie as the preferred locations to support exports of iron ore and other commodities.

The Task Force found other development proposals, such as Port Bonython and Port Pirie, could possibly support multi-access, bulk commodity exports once market conditions improve..

The Task Force also asked the State Government to investigate ways to improve access and develop infrastructure corridors as part of a number of options to support future investment in port proposals.

Resources Infrastructure Task Force recommended financial and non-financial steps to ensure South Australia was best placed to respond to the eventual recovery in the resources sector.

To view the report visit: http://rit.statedevelopment.sa.gov.au