Posted February 05, 2018 09:10:59The Port of Adelaide has completed a major dredge project which will see the removal of coal ash from the harbour, the latest step in a major phase of a controversial coal export project.
Key points:The project will remove nearly 1.8 million tonnes of coal from the Port of Port Adelaide in the port’s dredging project at Banda St.
MitchamThe port is also working on another project to dump waste from coal seam gas processing in the Port’s Waste Management Facility, which is expected to be completed by 2020.
Dry dumpingThe dredging process involves lifting coal ash into a “sink” and dumping it into a landfill.
The Port has long claimed it is environmentally friendly and that its process is one of the best in the world.
The dredge works, to be called the Sink-Barge, was completed in January.
“The Sink is the biggest piece of the dredging that is in place,” Port of South Australia (PSA) spokesperson David Rennie said.
“We’ve been through three major dredges and this is the largest dredge we’ve done in the past 20 years.”
There’s a lot of environmental concerns that are raised about the process and we’ve taken those into consideration and have made some changes to the process.
“The Port said the project is an important step in “reopening the Port as a commercial hub for the mining industry and helping to boost our exports of coal.
“The project is part of a $6.5 billion coal export and development plan that the PSA says will be “the most efficient and environmentally sustainable” in the country.
The coal is expected in 2021.
The South Australian Government’s Port Development Plan for the state, which was published in January, said the “coal export” would be a “transformational economic and industrial catalyst” that would support South Australia’s “economy, jobs, infrastructure and infrastructure capacity”.”
The coal export would enable the Port to build on its current capacity to export 1.5 million tonnes per annum of coal per annus and is a critical component of the Port Adelaide Docklands Strategy,” it said.
The plan also said the Port would benefit from “substantial investments in transport infrastructure, infrastructure investment and the provision of high-quality ports”.
The Port’s coal export plans are supported by the Government and are based on a $2.4 billion federal Government-funded plan to reduce Australia’s coal emissions.
A $1.8 billion coal mine at Banya St. will be shut down in 2019.
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