The Port of Bundaberg has announced the successful contractors for its multi-million dollar Common User Infrastructure project.

Loftus Contracting and nationally recognised construction and engineering firm e2o, a wholly owned subsidiary of Clough, have secured the construction contracts for the project.

The partnership will deliver a new bulk goods conveyor facility at the port that will provide competitive and efficient loading facilities for a wide range of bulk minerals and agricultural products.

Gladstone-based Loftus Contracting has been engaged to conduct the civil works, which have already commenced.

Gladstone Ports Corporation CEO, Craig Haymes, said the project is a fantastic opportunity for the region.

“The project is in conjunction with GPC’s strategic planning work to promote the Port of Bundaberg and surrounding State Development Area,” Mr Haymes said.

“It’s fantastic not just for the Port of Bundaberg but for the entire region to be expanding export capabilities.

“We’re excited to see the tenders awarded and construction starting in the coming months on the Sir Thomas Hiley Wharf new conveyor belts and towers.”

e2o will complete the construction of the new conveyor infrastructure including modifications to the existing ship loading facilities and the structural, mechanical and electrical works.

Local fabrication company, BME Australia, will work closely with e2o on the fabrication of the main structural components, all of which will be fabricated in Bundaberg.

Once complete, the Common User Infrastructure will provide an opportunity to increase exports of bulk commodities including minerals, timber products (wood pellets and woodchip) and agricultural products.

The Australian Government has committed up to $17.7 million in funding for the project, with additional funding committed by Sugar Terminals Limited (STL) and Gladstone Ports Corporation (GPC), provided on behalf of the Queensland Government.

Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads, Mark Bailey, said the partnership would cement a strong future for the region.

“This project is another example of Queensland owned assets delivering for the people of Queensland, and especially for the people of Bundaberg. 

“Today’s announcement sparks a bigger, better future for Bundaberg’s port and for good jobs here in the Wide Bay.

“I’m proud to be part of a Government that continues to deliver for all of Queensland, especially in the regions.”

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