Karumba port prepared for zinc exports
The 2018 dredging program involves a $6.8 million by miner New Century Resources and represents the first dredging activities to be undertaken at Karumba since early 2016.
Since the acquisition of the Century zinc mine in March 2017, New Century has been working with Ports North to re-establish dredging operations to allow uninterrupted zinc concentrate transhipment operations.
Dredging to a depth of 3.2m will allow for ongoing transhipment of up to 5000-tonne parcels of zinc concentrate from New Century’s wharf at Karumba to the bulk cargo export vessels located about 20km offshore in the Gulf of Carpentaria.
The dredging also provides significant benefits to third party users of the Karumba Port area, allowing expansion of existing cattle export and commercial fishing operations.
“It is a fantastic achievement by the New Century team to facilitate renewed dredging at the Port of Karumba, allowing not only zinc exports to recommence, but also providing the port user community in Karumba with consistent, reliable channel access for years to come,” New Century managing director Patrick Walta said.
Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter said the dredging would allow prawning and live cattle export industries to flourish, injecting $200 million-$300 million per annum into the Queensland economy.
The Century "mine operations therefore play a key role in the continued economic prosperity of northern Queensland and deserve the full support of state and federal governments,” he said.
The dredging program will run for about 60 days and is scheduled for completion in July 2018.
First production from the Century mine restart is scheduled for August 2018.