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Gateway for low carbon minerals into the globe’s decarbonisation needs

The Burnie Port is the critical link between Tasmania’s green mineral concentrates and the international manufacturers who produce goods used across the globe. Tasmanian metals end up in electric vehicles, wind turbines, solar panels, and everyday conveniences such as smart phones and televisions.

While considerable effort is applied by all stakeholders to ensure bulk ship loading in Burnie is efficient, limitations of covered storage, the size of the ships suitable and interference during the cruise boat season all contribute to little to no room for disruption such as bad weather, breakdowns and absenteeism.

An example of improving efficiency and capability is with the federally funded ship loader replacement program managed by TasRail. This is an excellent example of a professional organisation debottlenecking this critical supply chain and investing in future capacity.

TMEC supports sustainable moves to increase the capability and capacity of Burnie Port and welcomes Labor’s proposal to increase the urgency of the improvements.

TMEC’s CEO, Ray Mostogl said, “Getting the assets capable is vital for a strong future for the mining industry as is the commitment by TasPorts to include an independent review of its operational and commercial practices as well as its culture”.

TMEC represents businesses in the mining, manufacturing and energy sector that are responsible for producing most of Tasmania’s exports.

The minerals and manufacturing sector alone employs over 18,000 people and contributed nearly $2.8 billion in exports last financial year. Importantly, many of the jobs created by the sector are in regional Tasmania and the businesses are vital to regional economies.

Update as at January 2024 on the current Ship Loader project at Burnie