Port open for business | PHOTOS, VIDEO

SIMEC has once again demonstrated that its Whyalla Port is open for business.

Wind turbines transported using Whyalla Port

The mining and infrastructure arm of Sanjeev Gupta’s GFG Alliance has commenced transporting non‐ industrial cargo through the facility for a third‐party client.

Wind farms produced by Senvion have been offloaded onto the Whyalla wharf over recent weeks, ultimately bound for the Lincoln Gap project near Port Augusta.

SIMEC Mining Chief Operating Officer Matt Reed said the cargo highlights the increasing flexibility of the Whyalla Port.

“The use of our port by third parties has been of significant public and political interest for a number of years,” he said.

“We have demonstrated our ability to transport numerous third‐party cargoes in the past, with this particular shipment proving our capability to handle more than just mining and manufacturing‐related materials.”

Mr Reed said SIMEC’s new stevedoring contractor, Qube Bulk, was now well‐established within the operations, with its capability expected to play a pivotal role in developing the port into a world‐scale, multi‐user facility.

“Qube has enhanced our existing capabilities, enabling the port to handle more activities and a broader range of GFG and third‐party cargoes,” he said.

“As well as ramping up our third‐party usage, we are also making a significant investment in the port through our partnership with Qube by installing a new mobile harbour crane.

“Once implemented later this calendar year, this equipment will significantly improve the port’s reliability and productivity.

“All of this demonstrates the acceleration of our interest in attracting third parties to use our Whyalla Port facility.”

Member for Giles Eddie Hughes said he was pleased to see SIMEC taking steps towards creating a much‐needed multi‐user port facility for SA.

“I’ve been lobbying for some time for the Whyalla Port to be the central hub for the Spencer Gulf, helping the state to unlock the full potential of its abundant resources,” Mr Hughes said.