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Ratch Australia Corporation has erected the first wind turbine at the Mount Emerald Wind Farm on the Atherton Tableland, with three 57m-long blades set in place atop a 90m tower.

Ratch construction director Rene Kuypers said the milestone capped a huge team effort.

“From unloading the cargo at Cairns Port to carefully trucking the components up to Walkamin and now the crane crews erecting the components, it’s teamwork at its best,” he said.

Mr Kuypers said more than 400 construction crew had been inducted to work on the project to date, including 130 locals, while more than 20 suppliers had been contracted from the wider Cairns region.

More than 450 components will be delivered to site to complete the 53 wind turbines planned.

Each tower is made up of four separate sections and is anchored to an 800-tonne concrete and steel foundation using 168 36mm bolts.

Mount Emerald will be the biggest wind farm in Queensland, delivering in the order of 540,000 megawatt hours of renewable energy.

It is expected to be operational in September next year.


First turbine up at Mount Emerald
The Capricorn Copper mine in north-west Queensland has successfully produced its first copper concentrate and is now officially open for business.

Capricorn Copper chairman Owen Hegarty said completion of the mine’s refurbishment and restart project came at an ideal time, as the copper market strengthened.

“We have been confident in the fundamentals of copper throughout the project development phase and the timing for first concentrate is ideal,” Mr Hegarty said.

“The team has done a great job in delivering the project on time and on budget and now we are looking forward to running one of Australia’s most exciting copper projects."

The Capricorn Copper mine, formerly Mount Gordon, is located 125km north of Mount Isa in north-west Queensland.

Capricorn Copper’s board approved the capital program to commence the refurbishment and restart project in November 2016, following the completion of a detailed feasibility study, which outlined the optimal strategy to recommence operations on a sustainable basis.

The project created more than 350 full-time operational and construction jobs during this year.

Capricorn Copper is expected to maintain an operating workforce of about 220 full time employees in steady-state operations.

The operation is expected to produce about 30,000 tonnes per year of copper in a high grade and quality concentrate over an initial mine life of 10 years

It has a resource of more than 900,000 tonnes of copper metal, and strong exploration results expected to support a mine life beyond 10 years and potential for expansion

Managing director Carl Hallion said the team at Capricorn Copper had worked hard to build a high quality copper operation and was excited by the growth potential at the mine.

“This milestone lays the foundation for further growth and an exciting future as Australia’s newest copper producer and success story,” he said.

First concentrate from Capricorn Copper
Whitsunday Regional Council has established a Major Projects Advisory Board to oversee almost $200 million of regional capital projects to be delivered by council over the next 18 months.

The board is made up of WRC Mayor Andrew Willcox, deputy Mayor John Collins, chief executive officer Barry Omundson, director of engineering Jason Raiteri, chief staff officer Paul Fendley (secretariat) and five  independent board members recruited from around Australia.

The independent board members include Proserpine old boy and former Queensland treasurer Andrew Fraser, procurement and contract specialist Brad McCosker, major capital program delivery expert Nick Jukes, urban planning and major project delivery guru Michael Kerry and IT expert and business process specialist Peter Carr.

Cr Willcox said he was elated to have such a diverse and experienced board to help ensure council delivered the long list of major projects including Shute Harbour Restoration, Airlie Beach Foreshore Revitalisation, Greening and Growing Bowen and Whitsunday Coast Airport upgrades.

“CEO Barry Omundson and I identified a risk to efficiently delivering council’s normal 2017/18 $30 million capital works program in conjunction with the $200 million in co-funding projects to help rebuild our region post Tropical Cyclone Debbie," he said.

“This board has been established to provide advisory oversight to ensure we increase council’s capacity to deliver an unprecedented project delivery program over the next few years.”

Having recently returned from speaking at the European Union Parliament in Brussels, Peter Carr said the opportunity to assist the Whitsunday region was a “no-brainer”.

“Having attended St John Bosco in Collinsville from 1979-81, I feel a true affiliation with communities across the region and am delighted to be invited to work in an advisory capacity.”

Nick Jukes lived in Mackay and Bowen in the early 1980’s and was involved in the infrastructure delivery at Hay Point and Abbot Point ports.

“I visited the Whitsundays regularly and learned to appreciate the potential of the region from a development and tourism perspective,” he said. Board to help drive delivery of $200m in project work
North Queensland Bulk Ports (NQBP) has entered into a new research and monitoring partnership with James Cook University worth more than $3 million over three years.

Scientists from JCU’s Tropical Water and Aquatic Ecosystem Research Centre (TropWATER) will be responsible for keeping an eye on the marine environment at four of NQBP’s sites.

Dr Michael Rasheed, the TropWATER co-director of the partnership, said the centre would monitor water, seagrass and coral at the ports of Mackay, Hay Point and Abbot Point, all adjacent to the Great Barrier Reef, as well as water and seagrass quality at the Port of Weipa in the Gulf of Carpentaria.  

“What we do is provide them with independent environmental data collected in a scientifically rigorous manner,” he said.

“We’ll be watching what happens to water quality at 18 separate points, and checking on seagrass at 23 meadows. We’ll also be monitoring six different sites to keep an eye on the coral.”

TropWATER currently monitors all four ports, (as well as six other Queensland ports for other port authorities), in an arrangement stretching back more than 20 years.

NQBP senior manager environment and planning Kevin Kane said the new agreement would see the monitoring regime extended to other areas of the environment.

Mr Kane said NQBP was the only port authority in the world to manage three priority ports near a World Heritage Area.

"We have a track record of taking a long-term strategic approach to environmental monitoring and research," he said.

"Partnering with leading science institutions and experts will help us achieve this.

"This partnership with JCU’s Tropical Water & Aquatic Ecosystem Research Centre (TropWATER) will form part of our robust environmental program."

The research data will be reported in NQBP’s annual environmental report Your Ports.

NQBP extends water monitoring partnership
Port of Townsville Limited has recorded strong trade growth in the first quarter of 2017/18 compared to the same time last year.

More than 20,000 containers were handled at the Port of Townsville between July and September, up more than 8,000 TEU’s (twenty foot equivalent unit) on the same time last year, breaking trade records.

As well as a 135 per cent increase in containerised and general cargo, motor vehicle movements were up 35 per cent, molasses 45 per cent, sulphur 26 per cent, live cattle 21 per cent, petroleum 16 per cent and fertiliser 7 per cent.

Port of Townsville acting chief executive officer Claudia Brumme-Smith said that the increased trade numbers across several commodities was encouraging.

“Townsville Port’s figures for container trade are very exciting, as are the continuing record-breaking molasses exports, and live cattle exports are up more than 20 per on the same time last year,” she said.

“Port of Lucinda is having another bumper year so far, exporting nearly 250,000 tonnes of sugar, up 40 per cent on the same time last year.”

“Over the past six months we’ve seen definite green shoots for a recovery, which is reflected in the container movement figures and our bulk cargo export forecast.

“We will see two new mining operations commencing mineral concentrate exports out of Townsville in the near future which is exciting.

“Townsville Port is seeing the benefits of five container lines servicing our region - Mariana Express Lines, Sofrana, Kyowa Shipping, Swire Shipping and ANL.

“More shipping lines means more services for our customers and better frequencies to Papua New Guinea, South East Asia, China and Japan; with good connectivity to all global ports. Between now and the end of the year, Townsville Port has a container ship service leaving for Asia every week.”

Container trade spikes for Townsville
NSS has unloaded key components for MSF Sugar’s $75 million green energy plant on the Atherton Tableland after the HR Endeavour docked in Cairns.

Among the shipload of 276 individual items was the steam turbine and generator package for the power plant.

The HR Endeavour arrived in Cairns on November 5 and took several days to unload, with the operation finishing today.

Power plant project manager Mark Magnanini said the items would now be road transported to the construction site across two to three weeks.

“The bulk of the shipment will use normal road freight transport and the logistics will be handled by the principal contractor for the project, ThyssenKrupp," he said.

"The process will have minimal impact on road users as components will be transported outside of peak times.”

Mr Magnanini said the arrival of the components was a significant project milestone.

“With the major civil works completed, our attention now turns to construction of the plant using the high-precision, custom-manufactured components that have arrived and others that are on the way,” he said.

“It is exciting to see the plant taking shape. This is the first stage of our green energy pipeline and heralds a new era for the far north Queensland sugar industry.”

Ports North chairman Russell Beer said this latest project out of the Port of Cairns reaffirmed its importance as a major cargo hub for far North Queensland.

“Ports North has secured major contracts throughout 2017 by promoting and building the port’s capabilities, with new facilities such as the windfarm component lay down area,” he said.

Panalpina World Transport project development manager Andrew Chatto said 800,000kg, or 800 metric tonnes, of cargo had been discharged from the ship.

“This is a significant project. There are multiple people involved and multiple contractors involved – most of them local – so it’s a fantastic opportunity for the region,” he said.

Construction of the new green energy power plant started in May this year at the Arriga site, west of Cairns, and is on track to be completed by July 2018.

Power project components arrive in Cairns