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The $120 million Cairns Shipping Development Project has received environmental approval from the State Government.

Ports North chairman Russell Beer said he was proud of Ports North’s achievement in delivering such a comprehensive EIS to make this opportunity now a reality and he thanked the community and stakeholder groups for their input.

“The project builds upon the significant existing tourism infrastructure network in Cairns to facilitate increased tourism opportunities in the region and supports the overall growth of the cruise ship sector in Queensland,” he said. 

“This project delivers an important opportunity to generate more than $850 million in benefits to the region boosting tourism and the economy while generating job growth. 

“The widening and deepening of the existing navigation channel to allow larger cruise ships to berth at the Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal will also enable future expansion of the HMAS Cairns Navy base, improve access and efficiency for bulk cargo and larger visiting Navy vessels while providing increased resilience for the Port of Cairns against extreme weather events.” 

While this was a significant milestone in the process, Mr Beer said there were further approvals still being progressed including Commonwealth Government environmental approval in accordance with the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act and completion of a detailed business case in accordance with the Building Queensland Framework. 

Environmental approval for $120m port project
Industry Capability Network (ICN) Queensland is hosting ICN Gateway profile improvement and EOI ‘express sessions’ in Townsville on March 14.

The sessions are designed to help local suppliers maximise their chances of winning contracts by enhancing their company profile and expression of interest submissions.

Specific topics will include:

  • What is the ICN Gateway and how is it used by major projects?
  • What does an effective ICN Gateway company profile look like and what are the improvements suppliers should make?
  • How do suppliers express their interest in supply opportunities?
Major projects, including the North Queensland Stadium and theTownsville Hospital Medical Services Redevelopment are using the ICN Gateway and Black Business Finder to communicate supply opportunities and identify capable local suppliers.

The sessions will be held at the Master Builders Training Room, 316 Sturt St, Townsville from 9am-11am and from 12.30pm to 2.30pm.

For more information click here.

Townsville talks help give suppliers an edge
The Mackay-Slade Point Road bridge upgrade has reached its halfway point with the opening of the new Vines Creek Bridge.

Member for Mackay Julianne Gilbert said the $28 million replacement project was vital for the continuing growth of the Port of Mackay.

“The Vines Creek Bridges are the only way in and out of the Mackay Port for heavy vehicles, making them critical pieces of infrastructure in the region’s transport network,” Mrs Gilbert said.

“The new bridge is great news for the Port as it will allow for a heavy loads using the bridge, and will extend the Higher Mass Limit route from the Bruce to the Port for the first time."

The replacement of the two bridges on Mackay-Slade Point Road were on track to be completed in March 2019, she said.

Works will now begin to demolish and replace the second bridge.

The Higher Mass Limit route from the Bruce Highway to the port will take effect once gazetted by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator. 

Heavy vehicle operators should check the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator Journey Planner to keep updated on changes.

For more information on Higher Mass Limit routes, or to access the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator Journey Planner visit

Milestone in key port route upgrade
Lorena gold mine has started processing low grade ore.

It will move on to processing higher grade ore, with the first gold pour expected by mid-March once the processing plant has achieved steady state production, according to Malachite Resources.

The Lorena gold project, 15km east of Cloncurry, is expected to produce about 30,000 to 35,000 ozs of recovered gold in 18 months of production.

However the Lorena joint venture partners have commenced an RC drilling program to identify additional gold resources near surface and below the existing pit.

The program includes about 2400m of drilling to try to identify additional gold resources that can be mined by extending the existing open-cut operation.

Malachite’s joint venture partners in the operation are Ore Processing Services and Cloncurry Gold Recovery Management (involving  Chinova Resources Tennant Creek and BIM Gold).

Lorena starts processing
The $270 million Caval Ridge Southern Circuit project near Moranbah has passed the half-way mark and is on track to be completed by the end of 2018.

BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) reports that civil concrete and earthworks have been well progressed by Whittens and the principal contractors CPB Contractors.

G&S Engineering have completed structural steelwork elements, the Run of Mine (ROM) pad, conveyor foundations and a reinforced earth wall that supports the ROM dump station.

The project will result in an 11km overland conveyor system that will link BMA’s Peak Downs mine with the coal handling and preparation plant (CHPP) at the neighbouring Caval Ridge mine.

As well as creating up to 400 construction jobs during the project delivery, the work is expected to ‘lock in’ about 200 ongoing operational roles.

It will result in the Caval Ridge preparation plant increasing its throughput to reach its 10 million-tonne-per-year capacity.

BHP Billiton president operations, minerals Australia, Mike Henry described the project as forming the missing link between the two mines and said it would accelerate growth and productivity.

Caval Ridge Southern Circuit project on track
Townsville City Council has been briefed on plans to build a battery factory in the city.

It’s not the Boston Energy and Innovation lithium ion battery facility touted mid-last year.

The plans for this factory are to manufacture batteries to cater to residential-sized demand.

The main element, vanadium, is sourced from what junior miner Multicom Resources describes as one of the largest deposits in the world.

With leaching processing pathways confirmed, a heap leach trial is scheduled to start in Brisbane, this month (February).

Multicom has applied for a mining lease over a plot of land in the Toolebuc formation, identified previously as oil shale rich, located about 15km from Julia Creek.

Alternative energy industry in Townsville
(North west Queensland shire of McKinlay - Preparing Vanadium ore for transportation to Brisbane for heap-leach trials)

Multicom has partnered with US-based tech company StorEn to develop a commercially feasible offer.

“StorEn’s vanadium-based proprietary technology, geared toward the residential market, is a game-changer for consumers who are seeking to lessen their dependency on the electricity grid,” said company co-founder Nathan Cammerman.

“The success of the JV with Alexander Mining and John Webster Innovations for the vanadium leaching technology will set Multicom apart as the cheapest global producer of V2O5 and underpin the off take agreement with StorEn Technologies.

“This is a seven-year project for battery manufacture to grow to around 70,000 units a year.

“The factory will be a reasonable size. We’ll estimate there’ll be 50 positions created.

“At that stage it will be fed by around 150 trucking movements a year, each pulling 100 tonnes of processed material (from the mine).

“That’s scheduled to start in the second half of 2020.”

Under the agreement, StorEn Technologies gets long-term, exclusive, and fixed-price offtake for vanadium pentoxide from Multicom’s Queensland Mine.

Other parts of the agreement include:
  • Multicom (through its subsidiary Freedom Energy Pty Ltd) has exclusive distribution and sales agreement for Storen next generation vanadium batteries across the Asia Pacific Region.
  • StorEn and Multicom have a respective call option to acquire an equity interest in each other.
  • StorEn to provide trial units to Multicom for pilot testing in the Asia Pacific Region during 2018.
Multicom Resources has been operating with seed funding from private shareholders and is developing an initial Public Offering (IPO).

It was planned to be presented to the ASX in July, Mr Cammerman said.

“We’re refining our existing feasibility studies which will include the heap-leach trial and providing samples of the (vanadium) product to all of our preferred offtake partners,” he said.

“We’re partnering relationships with entities in Europe and Asia for battery and steel products.”

Other applications for the StorEn batteries were telecommunications and industrial scale storage, Mr Cammerman said.