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Gladstone’s port master plan is open for public input.

State Development Minister Anthony Lynham said the draft master plan set out growth opportunities and an environmental management framework to ensure job-generating sustainable development.

“Master planning for the priority Port of Gladstone will set the course for growth at Queensland’s largest multi-cargo port,” Dr Lynham said.

“The plan identifies a vision for the area to 2050, including a sharp focus on protecting our iconic reef and safeguarding the outstanding universal value of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area well into the future.”

Gladstone is the first of Queensland’s four priority ports to be subject to master planning under laws introduced by the Palaszczuk Government in 2015. 

Master planning has started at Townsville, and preliminary processes are under way for Abbot Point and Hay Point/Mackay.

Dr Lynham said the Gladstone draft master plan:

  • identified opportunities for growth at the port to 2050
  • proposed a master planned area important for the future of the priority Port of Gladstone and its associated industries
  • identified precincts within this area for sustainable development and environmental management, both land and marine
  • sets out the environmental management framework to guide how opportunities can be harnessed while managing the environmental values in and around the master planned area, including potential cumulative impacts on Reef values.
“Priority ports represent the engines of our economy and master plans will be blueprints on their sustainable development, boosting investor confidence and job growth,” Dr Lynham said.

“We have been working with Gladstone Ports Corporation, the local council, state agencies, the Australian Government and key industry and community groups to prepare the draft master plan, and we are now inviting the community to have its say."

Submissions on the draft master plan close on Monday, October 9, 2017.

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Feedback sought on port master plan
Hannah shines in shutdown

Process engineer Hannah Campbell’s first job out of her graduate program was to prepare Moranbah’s ammonium nitrate plant for a 42-day maintenance shutdown involving up to 700 workers on site.

It was one of the largest turnarounds in Incitec Pivot’s Australian manufacturing history, with 94,000 man hours, 695 work packs, and a high-risk and complex scope of work including commissioning of five compressor trains following major overhauls and catalyst reductions.

The 24-year-old rose to the challenge and was tonight named as the 2017 AMMA Industry Awards Young Professional.

“Hannah is one of many up-and-coming young professionals in the industry who are showing great leadership and innovation,” Australian Mines and Metals Association (AMMA) director industry services Tara Diamond said.

“To take part in a history-making turnaround at the company outlines Hannah is going to continue to be a real leader of the industry for years to come.

“She is lighting the path for other young female professionals to make their way in the resources industry.”

Ms Campbell said she’d spent about a year with Incitec Pivot in Brisbane and one in Moranbah before being tasked with the turnaround planning.

“I would say it was a very, very steep learning curve for me,” she said.

“I was very lucky that I had some very strong mentors and people who gave me on-the-job training to coach me through the process. It was definitely a challenge.”

The Moranbah site – which comes under Incitec Pivot’s Dyno Nobel business – includes an ammonia plant, nitric acid plant, ammonium nitrate plant and emulsion plant. It supplies explosives for the Bowen Basin mining industry.

Dyno Nobel Moranbah site manager Peter Henderson said the complete complex was involved in the March-April turnaround project.

“Hannah was our operations readiness co-ordinator – so leading up to the shut she developed the decommissioning schedules, the commissioning schedules, the isolation plans and was really the conduit between the turnaround team and site,” he said.

She had continued to manage the operations team and liaise with the shutdown team during execution, he said.

“Before this role she was a graduate processing engineer – obviously highly talented and super-capable,” Mr Henderson said.

“We looked at who could fill this operations co-ordinator role and we decided that really age was no barrier, we just needed someone who could do the right job – and Hannah proved that absolutely correct.”

He said Ms Campbell had been very process-driven in her approach and had successfully drawn on colleagues’ experience and empowered them to help her.

AMMA chief executive officer Steve Knott last night praised the calibre of entries in the peak resource industry employer group’s 10th annual Industry Awards, held in Perth.

“These awards are an opportunity to reflect on best practice, innovation and excellence in our sector,” he said. “Judges had no easy task in selecting the winners and this is an indication of the good work occurring at an individual and company level, setting Australia up as a global leader in employee and employer management.

“It’s a testament to our companies, our industry leadership and the opportunities being created in these challenging times.”

The full list of category winners is below:

 2017 AMMA Industry Awards winners

Young Professional

Hannah Campbell
(Incitec Pivot)

Indigenous Employment and Retention

Heathgate Resources

AWRA – Australian Women in Resource Alliance

Fortescue Metals Group

Training & Development

Morris Corporation

Health and Wellbeing

McDermott Australia

MMG's Dugald River project in north-west Queensland is ahead of schedule, with first concentrate production expected by the end of 2017.

MMG chief executive officer Jerry Jiao described the expected early delivery as well-timed to meet a tightening zinc market.

He was commenting as the company reported its interim financial results for the six months ended June 30, recording a net profit after tax of $US113.7 million, representing a $US206.7 million increase on the same period in 2016.

“Increased copper sales volumes from Las Bambas, higher commodity prices and our pursuit of group-wide efficiencies have contributed to the strong financial result for the first half,” Mr Jiao said.

“The ramp-up of Las Bambas has been an outstanding success.  We are committed to further optimising the operation, increasing efficiencies and reducing costs.

“Across MMG we are implementing a number of cost-reduction programs, the full benefits of which will be realised from 2018.”

Over the first six months of the year, the company’s focus had been on reducing debt and further simplifying and optimising the asset portfolio, as it prepared to bring its Dugald River zinc project into production.

“Since the beginning of the year, we have completed the sale of Golden Grove, Century and Avebury.  We have also made significant progress in the construction of Dugald River,” Mr Jiao said.

“Dugald River is ahead of schedule with production of first concentrate now expected in late 2017, which is well-timed to meet a tightening zinc market.”

Dugald River ahead of schedule
NSS has added a third Qube Rotabox to its Townsville operations, increasing its capacity to handle mineral concentrate exports.

The Rotabox is a purpose-built rotating frame used for tipping bulk containerised products.

“One of the key aspects of the Rotabox is its ability to reduce fugitive dust during bulk loading operations,” NSS commercial manager Mitchell Smith said.

“This is achieved through the ability of the unit to be lowered deep into the vessel’s hold whilst remaining completely sealed prior to tipping.”

By reducing the distance the product falls and tipping with a gentle motion, this method limits the air/dust displaced, while ensuring unsettled particles are confined within the vessel’s hold.

“Used in conjunction with NSS’s Enviromist system, the Rotabox bulk loading operations achieve the highest environmental compliance,” Mr Smith said.

The delivery last week of its new Mark V Qube Rotabox gives NSS the ability to load multiple vessels simultaneously.

Boost for Townsville loading fleet
Stacker reclaimer equipment for Adani was among the cargo list when the Spliethoff D-type vessel MV Diamantgracht visited Townsville last week.

The 156.93m long vessel docked at Berth 3, Port of Townsville, where Spliethoff’s exclusive Australian agents Asiaworld Shipping Services entrusted NSS to unload four yachts stowed on deck as well as more than 130 pieces of breakbulk cargo relating to Adani’s Abbot Point stacker reclaimer.

The Diamantgracht’s three heavy onboard cranes (up to 120mt) made short work of the task, with unloading operations completed within 25 hours.

 Breakbulk stacks up for NSS
One of the largest aircraft in the world has touched down at Rockhampton Airport in the lead-up to Exercise Wallaby.

The Antonov 124-100 landed at 5am today, bringing with it heavy military equipment that will be used in the exercise, run out of Shoalwater Bay military training ground from August 31.

Rockhampton Regional Council airport committee chair Neil Fisher said the renowned aircraft was contracted to the Singaporean Armed Forces and would be at the Rockhampton Airport until tomorrow morning and return again on Friday.

“The Rockhampton Airport will become an even busier hive of activity over the coming weeks – with more than 5000 Singaporean defence personnel set to arrive for the training exercise and multiple large freight and military aircrafts such as the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, C-130 and CH-47 Chinook on the tarmac," Cr Fisher said.

“The Antonov is one of the largest planes we have land at the Rockhampton Airport and it’s definitely a plane enthusiast's dream - being one of only eight operating in the military in the world."

Cr Fisher said the activity highlighted how well-equipped the local airport was.

“Every year, our region welcomes our international military visitors and our airport supports their elite aircraft and equipment, proving time and time again that we definitely have the capacity to manage both domestic and freight aircraft,” he said.

Heavy air traffic for Rockhampton