$230m export facility receives construction approval

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A $230 million Port Spencer Deep Water Port grain export facility project has been approved by the South Australian Government. The project is tipped to create 150 construction jobs. 

Peninsula Ports are required to provide the final plans for all structures before construction can commence, along with the associated management and financial arrangements necessary to minimise the impacts to coastal and marine environment. An upgrade of the access road to the site from the Lincoln Highway is also required. 

Vickie Chapman, the Planning and Local Government Minister, said the State Government was excited to start moving on these types of infrastructure projects as soon as possible due to the impending economic benefits it will create. 

“Peninsula Ports’ modified proposal has been through the rigorous major development assessment process to amend and update the original Public Environmental Report (PER), and I’m pleased this is one of the first major developments I have been able to tick off as the new Minister,” Chapman said.

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“When completed, Port Spencer will enable large Panamax-sized vessels to be loaded and provide commercial benefits to the local grain industry through reduced transport costs, less double-handling of grain and increased market competition that could lead to improved prices offered to growers.

“The development approval that has been issued is subject to a comprehensive set of conditions to ensure construction and operation of the port facility proceeds in an orderly fashion and in a manner which minimises impacts.”

The development approval of the infrastructure project allows on site works to commence within two years and completion within five years.

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