Two new state-of-the-art import/export facilities have been proposed for Port Kembla, with the aim to create new opportunities for trade and economic growth in the Illawarra.
The two developments are currently in the process of finalising certification applications to Wollongong City Council – following certification, applications can be made to the EPA for Environment Protection Licences.
These two new facilities are:
- Manildra Ethanol Storage Facility – to temporarily store beverage grade ethanol prior to exporting, which is manufactured at the Manildra facility in Nowra
- Simosa Bitumen Storage Facility – to temporarily store imported bitumen prior to distribution for use in infrastructure projects
Both developments will undertake rigorous environmental assessment as part of their application to Wollongong City Council for development certification and the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) for an environmental licence.
These applications are required to be accompanied by environmental assessments including:
- Planning report
- Project plans
- Contaminated land statement
- Hazard and operability study (HAZOP)
- Fire safety study
- Preliminary hazard analysis
- Stormwater management plans
- Air quality assessment
- Noise and vibration assessment
- Traffic and transport assessment
- Waste management assessment
As part of the project development process, information on the proposed developments was shared with community representatives at the Port Kembla Harbour Environment Group meeting on 4 August 2021.
NSW Ports is familiar with the storage and handling of ethanol and bitumen as both of these products are stored and handled at its Port Botany facility.
NSW Ports said it was confident that the Port Kembla developments are robust and that the developments will incorporate appropriate controls to manage all safety and environmental aspects.