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The first shipment of 5500 wet metric tonnes of zinc concentrate from Red River Resources' Thalanga mine in north Queensland has been loaded at the Port of Townsville, bound for the Port of Lianyungang in China.

NSS general manager David King described the shipment as a significant milestone in the development of the Thalanga zinc operations and a credit to the Red River team.

"As Red River Resources’ port logistics and stevedoring service provider, NSS is proud to be a part of this success, which reaffirms our commitment to invest in innovative state of the art facilities and equipment to support mining exports," Mr King said.

Zinc and lead concentrates from Thalanga are sold under an offtake agreement to Trafigura.

Red River Resources has also completed its first delivery of copper concentrate under its offtake agreement with Glencore International A.G, which takes the concentrate at the Thalanga mine gate.

The first shipment of zinc concentrate and first delivery of copper concentrate follow the successful commissioning and ramp up of the Thalanga zinc project, which began production in September 2017.

Export milestone for NQ zinc producer
Townsville City Council has appointed SMEC, GHD and UDP to undertake the engineering, final design and project management work on the $215 million Haughton Pipeline project.

Mayor Jenny Hill said the council had moved swiftly to select these companies and the project was on track to be completed within 26 months.

“Awarding the first contracts for the pipeline is a significant achievement and it allows Council to move on to the next stage of the project," Cr Hill said.

“It’s great that the companies selected will be employing locals to work on Townsville’s most important infrastructure project.”

Townsville water and waste general manager Scott Moorhead said the pipeline was the council’s top infrastructure priority.

“Townsville has been hit by a once-in-a-generation drought and council is determined to ensure our city has the infrastructure it needs to overcome one of the driest spells in decades," he said.

“Council is committed to finishing the pipeline by the end of next year, and making sure the project creates as many local jobs as possible.”

Pipeline contractors announced
Contracts for repair projects on all three breakwaters at the Port of Mackay have been finalised, with Southern Breakwater works set to begin from the last week of January.

North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation (NQBP) general manager engineering and development Rochelle Macdonald said Mackay business CJD Investments (NQ) were the successful  contractors for the Southern Breakwater repair works and MGN Civil would undertake works on the Middle and Northern breakwaters.

The repair works across all breakwaters will require about 80,000 – 90,000 tonnes of rock, to be sourced locally from quarries at Mt Bassett and Blue Mountain.

NQBP aims to have the repairs completed by the end of 2018.

“We know how much the breakwater means to the people of Mackay. It’s where so many people come to enjoy a walk, cycle or drive and take in the magnificent views,” Dr Macdonald said.

“That’s why NQBP has ensured the Southern Breakwater can remain open to pedestrians and cyclists during the repairs.

“There may be times access will need to be fully restricted for safety reasons. However, public access for pedestrians and cyclists is a priority.

“Please be reassured that there is no question about the current safety of the breakwater, however repairs are essential to ensure its integrity for future cyclone seasons."

Breakwater contracts awarded
Port of Townsville Limited (POTL) has reported solid trade results for the six months to December 30.

The combined tonnage through the ports of Townsville and Lucinda is up 6 per cent on the same time last year, with strong performances in the commodities of sugar, mineral concentrates, bitumen, cattle, motor vehicles and general cargo.

Highlights include:

  • 93,000 head of cattle have been exported from Townsville; up 17 per cent on the same time last year
  • Mineral concentrate exports up 14 per cent on the same time last year.
  • A 68 per cent increase in the container trade with more than 43,000 boxes moving through Port of Townsville
  • More than 8000 motor vehicles imported; a 34 per cent increase on the same time last year
POTL acting general manager business development Maria James said that the port was on track to exceed its trade projections for the 2017/18 financial year.

“POTL’s projection this year was for about eight million tonnes of trade to be moved through our two ports, and the half yearly results show we are on track to reach that figure,” said Ms James.

“The port’s berths have been increasingly busy with a total of 321 vessel arrivals, up 7 per cent on the same time last year.

“The mining sector appears to be recovering after several years of flat performance which is reflected in export tonnage figures. The import of mining consumables has also been strong so far this financial year.

“The construction of several solar farms in our region has continued the record-breaking trade figures of containers moving through the Port of Townsville which we expect will continue into 2019.”

Ms James said also 16 Defence ships had used Berth 10 in the past six months and demand was expected to continue to ramp up with the impending Australia-Singapore Military Training Initiative.

“The completion of the $40.7 million upgrade to Berth 4 next month and the start of the $193 million Channel Capacity Upgrade to widen the channel will ensure that our port can cope with the forecast trebling of trade volumes over the next 20 years,” she said.

Mining recovery boosts port trade
The first shipment of live cattle from northern Australia for the Chinese market left Townsville this week from Berth 3, managed by Northern Stevedoring Services.

It comes after animal health protocols with China were finalised alongside the Australia-China Free Trade Agreement.

Port of Townsville Limited acting chief executive officer Claudia Brumme-Smith said that the shipment represented a very exciting day for northern Australian agriculture exports.

“The Port of Townsville is Australia’s second largest export port for live cattle, facilitating the movement of more than 200,000 head over the past 12 months,” Ms Brumme-Smith said.

“The potential for growth in export numbers with the addition of the Chinese market cannot be understated.

“The development of a live cattle export supply chain from Townsville could be a real win for regional producers who can offer cattle which are suitable for the Chinese market.”

Ms Brumme-Smith said the port had undergone upgrades over the past few years to improve logistics infrastructure for cattle exporters, giving it the capacity to export up to one million head per year.

“The $40.7 million upgrades to Berth 4 will very soon give us extra capacity to accept these livex vessels, and the $193 million Channel Capacity Upgrade will ensure bigger ships can access our port by the year 2023,” she said.

China offers cattle export growth

Late last year, NSS was officially awarded the stevedoring, port logistics, storage, unpacking and transport work for more than 2000 containers of cargo relating to the Daydream and Hayman solar farm projects.

Edify Energy is developing the 150MWac and 50MWac capacity solar projects near Collinsville, with RCR Tomlinson in charge of construction and commissioning.

Due to the scale of the project, NSS and project partners Agility and RCR have secured a dedicated facility within the port area, allowing for the storage of more 8000sq m of palletised cargo.

NSS takes on large-scale solar cargo