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The first shipment of 564 pipes for the $215 million Haughton Pipeline Duplication Project arrived in Townsville at the weekend onboard the Eckert Oldendorff.

The 1.8m diameter glass reinforced polymer pipes will be installed over 36km to build the pipeline between the Ross River Dam and the Haughton Channel to improve Townsville's water security.

They will be transported to a laydown yard in the Bohle en route to the project area.

Townsville Port chief executive officer Ranee Crosby said the receival of the project cargo was a complex operation involving supply chain participants, demonstrating the strong capabilities of the port and logistics industries.

“As the largest general cargo port in Northern Australia, the capability for handling project cargo such as the Haughton pipeline is second to none,” Ms Crosby said.

“Importantly, we have received project cargo for a number of major projects like this over the last 12 months, which is a great sign of economic activity and confidence in the region.”

Northern Stevedoring Services general manager David King said planning for such cargo required immense project management between all involved.

“With all operational planning complete for the first pipe shipment, we now look forward to the operation and being an integral part in the supply chain of this very important infrastructure project for Townsville,” he said.

Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill said the pipeline project was 'full steam ahead'.

"Council will soon announce the companies selected to install the pipeline, which will be another boost for local jobs," she said

"The pipeline is council's top infrastructure priority and we are committed to having the project complete by December 2019."

The Australian-made pipes for the project are being transported from Adelaide in six shiploads.

NSS welcomes Haughton pipeline project cargo

NSS welcomes Haughton pipeline project cargo

Construction Skills Queensland is urging FNQ industry to step up apprentice training in the face of an expected skills shortfall as the residential and commercial building sectors lift.

“Our modelling suggests there is going to be as much as a 15 per cent shortage in labour next year – that will vary from trade to trade and time to time,” CSQ director – evidence and data Robert Sobyra said.

Mr Sobyra was commenting in the lead-up to the FNQ Regional Projects Forum to be held in Cairns next week.

Featured projects include the Tropical North Global Tourism Hub and Wangetti Trail, Cairns Convention Centre expansion, Smithfield Bypass, Bruce Highway – Cairns Southern Access Corridor – Stage 3 Edmonton to Gordonvale and Stage 4 Kate Street to Aumuller Street, Atherton Hospital redevelopment and a Mount Emerald Wind Farm update.

Mr Sobyra, keynote speaker at the forum, said CSQ expected the commercial and residential building sector in FNQ to return to growth after shrinking in recent years.

“Going forward we see residential and commercial building lifting by about 50 per cent by 2022 – which is an annual growth rate of about 11 per cent,” he said.

“…We’re looking at an industry that’s going from about $900 million a year (2017) to about $1.6 billion (out to 2020-21).”

In contrast, engineering construction – which includes transport infrastructure and resources projects – is expected to shrink between now and 2022, from a $2 billion-per annum sector to $1.5 billion.

While work in that sector was expected to decrease, Mr Sobyra stressed the drop was coming off a run of growth which had been propping up the FNQ construction industry.

“The engineering (construction) cycle is notoriously lumpy, with high value projects. If just one project comes online like Amrun it can distort the figures massively and equally when they come off it can have a big percentage effect on the rates,” he said.

“There is still a stack of projects going on the region including renewable energy projects and port expansion and there is no question there is a strong road project pipeline.”

Mr Sobyra said the construction industry apprenticeship pipeline was ‘pretty solid’ in Cairns.

“But the training rate for apprentices in Cairns is slightly below the Queensland average,” he said.

“It’s about 6.5 apprentices per 100 workers whereas it’s seven for Queensland as a whole – so we would like to see that figure lift in Cairns.

“We think it’s a good time for builders to start looking at putting on apprentices, because there is the pipeline of work to support that and we know were going to have a skills shortage over the next few years –  so now is the time to start looking at your workforce.”

For more details on the FNQ Regional Projects Forum, October 25, click HERE
Cairns faces skills gap as building work lifts
ASX-listed Pure Minerals is moving to take control of a venture proposing to develop a processing plant in Townsville to produce nickel sulphate and cobalt sulphate for the battery industry.

It has entered an agreement to take over Queensland Pacific Metals, whose management team cites decades of experience in the industry, including with Queensland Nickel and Gladstone Pacific Nickel.

In an announcement to the market, Pure said that QPM’s management team had long-standing relationships in New Caledonia which had resulted in the group being able to secure a binding ore supply agreement to purchase high-grade nickel-cobalt ore.

It planned to commence feasibility studies regarding the development of a plant to process about 600,000 wet metric tonnes of nickel ore per year with the intention of producing about 25,000tpa of nickel sulphate and 3000tpa of cobalt sulphate.

QPM also holds the Eden Garry Serpentine Ridge project in the Marlborough region, which is known to host nickel-cobalt lateritic deposits.

Pure Minerals chairman Jeremy King said the acquisition of Queensland Pacific allowed the company to obtain leverage to secure production from world-class nickel and cobalt deposits without the attendant geological, mining or engineering risks.

“We believe that terms of the agreement represent excellent value for PM1 shareholders ,” he said. “Townsville has a deep heritage in nickel processing and is emerging as a potential battery manufacturing region in Australia.”

Imperium 3 – an international joint venture led by Boston Energy and Innovation, Magnis Resources and Charge CCCV LLC – is proposing a $2 billion lithium-ion battery factory at Woodstock, on Townsville’s outskirts.

Meanwhile Multicom Resources has partnered with US-based tech company StorEn to develop a proposal for the manufacture of vanadium batteries.
Australian Mines may receive Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) funding for its Sconi cobalt-nickel-scandium project in North Queensland.

The company said the project had been under consideration for NAIF financial assistance and had progressed to the due diligence phase.

“I am pleased that the NAIF Board is considering potential funding support for Sconi, our flagship cobalt-nickel-scandium project in North Queensland,” Australian Mines managing director Benjamin Bell said.

“The project has the potential to provide significant upgrades of existing infrastructure located within the Greenvale region within Northern Queensland and 90 per cent of its ongoing annual operational expenditure is expected to be with local businesses.”

Sconi is proposed to produce battery-grade cobalt and nickel products for the burgeoning electric vehicle market, with a forecast life of mine of 20 years.

NAIF funding prospects for Sconi project
A proposed Transport and Logistics Centre for Mount Isa is a step closer, with funding approved for a business case through the Maturing the Infrastructure Pipeline Program.

Mayor Joyce McCulloch said with the Federal Government’s strong belief in the region’s abundant resources and the ability to supply the East Coast gas market into the future, as well as ongoing mining discoveries in the region, building the TLC was critical to the future growth of Mount Isa.

“Along with the development of the gas pipeline from Tennant Creek through to Mount Isa, and the Tennant Creek to Mount Isa rail proposal, the TLC remains an economically viable project,” she said.

“This region continues to grow and will become increasingly reliant on efficient transport methods to ensure the viability of ongoing operations, and Mount Isa is perfectly placed as a major regional centre and gateway to Southern Queensland and also northern and eastern ports.”

The council worked with Mount Isa to Townsville Economic Development Zone (MITEZ) to complete a feasibility study on the proposal.

Cr McCulloch said demand for the TLC was present, and would future proof Mount Isa and help crowd in investment in northern Australia, a key policy objective of the Australian Government.

“As a joint user facility, the TLC would be especially advantageous in underpinning new investment decisions in the region,” she said.

“The TLC would enhance the competiveness of existing businesses, and reduce the cost of starting a new business.”
Transport hub plan advances
Evolution Mining has the green light from its board for a $60 million underground development and relevant plant modifications at the Mt Carlton gold operation in North Queensland.

The company said Mt Carlton had a mine life to at least 2025 and these projects would allow production from the higher grade Link zone to be brought forward.

“Evolution’s focus continues to be on margin and profitability,” Evolution executive chairman Jake Klein said.

“Mt Carlton is a very high margin asset which has been a standout in Evolution’s portfolio.

‘The mine has generated over A$100 million in net mine cash flow in each of the last three years. The underground development of the Link zone ensures the continued production of high margin ounces.”

First ore from the underground is planned to be delivered in FY21.

Commencement of the underground development requires regulatory approval and Evolution plans to lodge submissions to the Department of Environment and Science (DES) in the coming month.

Mt Carlton flags $60m underground development