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NSS this week welcomed the MV Huanghai Advance into the Townsville Port, bringing the city's first shipment of wind turbine blades.

The 166m vessel is laden with more than 50,000 cubic metres of cargo destined for the $160 million Kennedy Energy Park project near Hughenden.

The stand-out cargo consisted of 36 x 67m long wind turbine blades for what are said to be the largest wind turbines in Australia.

Operations manager Damien Scott said NSS’ berth 3 was the only suitable discharge point for cargo of this size and configuration, due to the large and open access to and from the ship side.

"NSS placed the vessel in the best possible position to ensure safe and efficient delivery to the laydown area, while minimising interruption to other port users," he said.

Working alongside renowned Rex J Andrews Transport, who are managing the landside logistics, NSS are carefully discharging this precious cargo, with the wind turbine blades being unloaded using the MV Huanghai Advances cranes in tandem. 

"Discharge is taking place over five days, with NSS taking all necessary precautions to ensure this cargo is delivered on time, and in perfect condition," Mr Scott said.

"The Port of Townsville has not seen wind farm cargo on this scale before, however NSS has recently handled six shipments through the Port of Cairns for another project.

“This experience, coupled with NSS’ diversified logistics chain offerings meant they were sought out to be involved in this project."

He said NSS was proud to be involved in projects such as these, which benefited employment in North Queensland, while also providing long-term clean energy for our region.

The Kennedy Energy Park project will include 12 x 200m-high wind turbines, 55,000 solar panels, and 4MW of lithium-ion battery storage.

NSS applies expertise with wind farm cargo

Local businesses will gain insights into major infrastructure prospects for north Queensland, when the Queensland Major Projects Pipeline Report 2018 is launched in Townsville next week.

The report will be released at a breakfast event hosted by Regional Development Australia Townsville and North West Queensland (RDA), Queensland Major Contractors Association and Infrastructure Association of Queensland (IAQ) on June 14.

RDA chief executive officer Glenys Schuntner said the report had showed that northern Queensland had the strongest growth prospects in the pipeline for all regions compared to the past five years.

“The report indicates that North Queensland has projects in the pipeline worth $8.2 billion over the next five years,” Ms Schuntner said.

“So it’s important that our local businesses and those working in construction, engineering, planning and development attend the launch event to learn more about the opportunities that will come with renewed growth in our region.

“Our keynote speaker will be the chief executive officer of Building Queensland Damian Gould, followed by the report curator and associate director BIS Oxford Economics Adrian Hart.”

The report covers construction activities and major projects, planned, in progress and completed across the state and has identified 190 projects with a combined expenditure of $39.9 billion over five years.

“As last year’s report launch was a sell-out event, I encourage people to purchase their tickets as soon as possible to avoid missing out on a ticket for the upcoming 2018 launch,” Ms Schuntner said.

The breakfast event will start at 7.30am at The Ville Resort-Casino on Thursday, June 14.

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Spotlight on major projects pipeline
The BIO Convention in Boston has formed the backdrop for Townsville City Council and Imperium3 signing an agreement to progress a north Queensland lithium-ion battery plant.

Mayor Jenny Hill said signing the agreement was the next crucial step to establishing the battery plant in Townsville.

“This battery plant has the potential to transform Townsville and charge the city’s economy for decades to come,” Cr Hill said.

“The battery plant project has generated huge interest already at the BIO Convention and Townsville is well and truly on the map for investors here.

“I’d like to thank the Premier for the invitation to the US to showcase our plans to turn Townsville into an advanced manufacturing hub.”

The Imperium3 consortium consists of Magnis Resources, C4V LLC New York and Boston Energy and Innovation.

The battery plant, expected to create up to 1000 direct jobs, would be built at Woodstock after Townsville City Council last year agreed to partner with the consortium and provide the land.

Imperium3 has submitted financial details to the Department of State Development as part of the Queensland Government’s approval process for $3.1 million contribution to complete a feasibility study.

Magnis Resources said the agreement signed in Boston would help fast-track the Townsville plant.

The company also announced that it had secured commitments from new partners including SIEMENS, Celgard, Probuild, Norman Young & Disney, Ausenco and WT Partnership.

Probuild Group managing director, Simon Gray said the Townsville battery plant was unquestionably a significant
project for the Northern Australian region.

"Probuild is excited to be involved in the delivery of this project that will underpin the smart technology hub,” he said

Agreement to fast-track NQ battery plant
Queensland Nickel is sitting on a multibillion-dollar cobalt resource that has those in the know scratching their heads as to why more is not being done to open it up.

In the days when the QN refinery was operating, it was primarily a nickel plant. Since cobalt occurs with the mineralisation, it was also processed and sold.

Like interest on a bank account, this wallflower mineral accumulated for 40 years waiting for its time in the sun.

It’s arrived with the advent of electric cars and the much-vaunted exponential demand for elements including nickel and cobalt, lithium and graphite.

The estimates by former Yabulu refinery general manager Orestes Trifilio (1998–2003) and metallurgists point to a resource of 56,000 to 70,000 tonnes of cobalt and 216,000 to 270,000 tonnes of nickel in on-site tailings.

The cobalt price was at a 10-year high of $US40/lb at the time of printing. Nickel has a 52-week high of $US7.13/lb. That put the combined value above $8 billion, Mr Trifilio said.
An estimated $700-$800 million injection of capital would be needed to build a processing plant producing about 20,000 tonnes of nickel a year and 5000 tonnes of cobalt on the existing Yabulu site, he said.

“That can only be made to work by blending the tailings with low nickel grade-high magnesia ores, of the (type) found in small deposits in the area, or even imported, rather than installing separate new plants at those sites (and) turning the new Yabulu into a virtual tolling facility,” Mr Trifilio said.

“This can be a win–win for many.

“At current prices, even when individually processed, the resource is north of being profitable,  even more (by) using a new, patented process.”

Otherwise Mr Trifilio said the process would help address the refinery’s perceived environmental legacy, by reducing the amount of tailings and creating a green by-product.

“I must say there are several motivators (that) make it sensible. No. 1 is that we would be turning what you call an environmental liability … the actual weight and composition of the tailings; to about half of what it is right now,” he said.

“The rejects have a little bit of nutrient in it, nitrates in it, which make it perfectly suitable for rehabilitating mine sites.

“This is not pie in the sky, this has been tested and shown to work in pilot work in Australia. My message is very simple. I think Yabulu definitely deserves a second opportunity.

“Honestly, the people in charge, the people responsible for this must, they must at least, have a serious look at this thing from a global perspective.”

Estimates of the amount of tailings in the dams vary at between 80 and 100 million tonnes.

Cobalt-rich tailings offer new opportunity
The State Government has granted development approval for the $1 billion Lacour Energy wind farm project at Clarke Creek, 150km north-west of Rockhampton.

Minister for State Development Cameron Dick said the project would involve about 350 jobs during construction.

“In addition to building the turbines, associated infrastructure will include substations, temporary workers’ accommodation, staff and operational facilities and powerlines,” Mr Dick said.

“This means jobs for the region over the project’s 36-month construction period and more clean energy that our State can tap into."

Director of Lacour Energy Mark Rayner said the Clarke Creek wind farm, with up to 195 turbines, would have a power output of more than 800MW of electricity.

“It is a unique renewable energy project which combines excellent wind and solar resources at a location directly adjacent to the backbone of the Powerlink 275 kV transmission network,” Mr Rayner said.

“The wind farm development approval is a significant milestone for the project. We look forward to completing the feasibility study by the end of the year so that construction can begin early next year.”

Energy Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said the new wind farm was part of Queensland’s $20 billion pipeline of energy projects – with projects worth almost $4.5 billion under way or financially committed.
Clarke Creek $1b wind farm approved
BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) is selling its mothballed Gregory Crinum coking coal mine to Sojitz Corporation for $100 million.

Sojitz said today it planned to recommence operations at Gregory Crinum as soon as the acquisition process was complete.

The Gregory Crinum peration, 60km north-east of Emerald, comprises the Crinum underground mine, Gregory open cut mine, undeveloped coal resources and on-site infrastructure including a coal handling and preparation plant, maintenance workshops and administration facilities.

Gregory Crinum Mine’s capacity was six million tonnes of hard coking coal per annum when production ceased and it was placed into care and maintenance in January 2016.

Sojitz subsidiary Sojitz Coal Mining operates the Minerva mine, south of Emerald, and recently brought into production Meteor Downs South coal mine.

"The acquisition this time will not only leverage off the expertise at Minerva and MDS, but will also strengthen Sojitz’s coking coal business and rebalance its coal assets currently weighted towards thermal coal, in view of the rising global concern for the environment and long-term business sustainability," the company said in a statement today.

Completion of the sale is subject to the fulfilment of conditions precedent including customary regulatory approvals, which could take several months.

BMA said it would be providing appropriate funding for rehabilitation of existing areas of disturbance at the site, with all rehabilitation liabilities transferred to Sojitz.

Sojitz to restart Gregory Crinum coal mine