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Local News Update: 2020

By Ray White Concierge

The Whyalla and Port Augusta region continue to thrive with positive updates across both towns. Here’s where you can keep up to date with the local news and projects happening in the area!

Cultana Solar Farm Ramps Up! Work on the long-awaited 280-megawatt Cultana Solar Farm could beginas early as July. The project on a 1100ha site north of Whyalla is the first large scale project in billionaire industrialist Sanjeev Gupta’s plan to generate one gigawatt of dispatchable renewable energy in South Australia.

GFG announces updated plan to transform Whyalla steel into a world leading “GREENSTEEL” facility focused on domestic manufacturing for the growing Australian infrastructure market. You can also view a fly-through of the new parts of the operations outlined in the release, as well as hear from Sanjeev on how we finalised the design; why it’s taken additional time; and the purpose of the global review team.

The South Australian Government has advanced BHP’s proposal to increase copper production at the Olympic Dam mine from 200,000 to 350,000 tonnes per annum. It released assessment guidelines for the proposed expansion at Olympic Dam. BHP will be required to submit an environmental impact statement (EIS) in accordance to these guidelines.

The Port Wakefield to Port Augusta (PW2PA) Alliance (CPB Contractors Pty Ltd, Aurecon Pty Ltd and GHD Pty Ltd, and DPTI) were awarded the contract to design and construct the Joy Baluch AM Bridge Duplication project. Since project award, the Alliance has been busy establishing project systems and continuing design work. Major construction works are expected to commence in late 2020 and be completed in 2022.

Contractors have started to excavate soil from the Cu River Port Australia site and move it to the perimeter of Bird Lake. The $3.2 million project will transport soil and plant native vegetation in a bid to stop the stench and improve the amenity of the area, it will also be part of Councils revitalisation plan for the town. It is expected the project will take approximately a further 4 months to complete.

South Australian copper miner Oz Minerals has signed a deal with Sanjeev Gutpa’s Whyalla Port to export concentrate from its new Carrapateena mine. The three-year contract is the first major deal SIMEC Mining has signed with a third party to export from the port, which services SIMEC’s South Australian haematite and magnetite iron ore mines as well as the Liberty steelmaking facilities in Whyalla.

Whyalla’s new $7.8 million circular jetty is almost finished and a late night testing of its state-of-the-art LED lighting showed off how spectacular the design looks.

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  • Local News: October 2020

    STAGE ONE RENEWABLE ENERGY PARK OPENING Port Augusta City Council Chief Executive Officer John Banks and Mayor Brett Benbow attended the official opening and turning of the sod for Stage 1 of Iberdrola’s Port Augusta Renewable Energy Park this morning, with official proceedings conducted by the State Premier Mr. Steven … Read more

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  • Local News: September 2020

    $100M NINE STOREY RESORT Whyalla’s tourism industry is set to be supercharged through the construction of a $100m nine-storey resort on the city’s foreshore. The project, which is yet to be approved, would include about 180 hotel rooms, 44 luxury apartments, food and beverage outlets, conference facilities and a large … Read more

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