The contract for a $10 million Geraldton Port infrastructure project has been awarded, with works to begin in February 2021.
Mid West Ports Authority awarded the tender for the Wharf 4 Strengthening and Rail Replacement project to Fortec Australia, with works set to create up to 40 local jobs.
Wharf 4 – constructed in 1965 – is the primary export wharf for mineral sands, talc and concentrates from Geraldton Port, and required significant upgrades to cater for the expected expansion in trade from the Mid-West.
The Western Australian Government allocated $10 million to the project as part of the WA Recovery Plan, to provide local economic stimulus while paving the way for future growth at Geraldton Port.
Fortec Australia will inject around $7 million of the project funds directly into the Geraldton community, helping to boost the local economy as the state continues its recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Western Australian Ports Minister, Alannah MacTiernan, said, “Geraldton Port is booming, with exports to grow by at least two million tonnes per annum over the next two years – a major boost for jobs in the Mid-West.
“Our Wharf 4 upgrades are critical to the economic future of Geraldton, and will extend the life of the wharf by another 25 years.
“This provides long-term certainty to local business and a strong base for further growth in the local resources industry.
“The works will also provide a timely stimulus for local jobs in Geraldton over the next six months, as part of our Government’s commitment to local content.”
The upgrades are expected to be completed by November 2021.
The project will require periodic closure of Wharf 4, with Mid West Ports Authority working closely with port users to minimise disruption to their trade activities.