TasRail looks to Tasmanian firm to design and build new shiploader

TasRail is finalising negotiations with a Tasmanian business on the design and construction contract for its new shiploader at Burnie.

TASRAIL has announced it is finalising negotiations with a Tasmanian business on the design and construct contract for its new shiploader at the Port of Burnie.

Chief executive Steven Dietrich said negotiations were currently being finalised with COVA Haywards Pty Ltd.

“This is great news for TasRail, the resources industry, and Tasmanian jobs,” Dietrich said.

COVA Haywards will bring its expertise and local knowledge to deliver major infrastructure that the mining industry will use for decades to come.”

This is major step forward for the project and it is anticipated the contract will be awarded in August, with the detailed design phase of the project commencing immediately after.

The TasRail Shiploader Project is fully funded by the Australian government. The new multi-user infrastructure is to deliver significantly higher loading rates, approximately double that of the existing shiploader, provide higher levels of reliability and contemporary environmental and safety standards.

Dietrich thanked both the Australian and Tasmanian governments for working together to enable Tasmanian industry.

“The new shiploader will dramatically increase productivity and reliability, therefore export opportunities for our highly-valued customers, which in turn will create more jobs and security in regional Tasmania,” Dietrich said.

“We understand the importance of our role as Tasmania’s trusted provider of safe and dependable rail logistics solutions.”

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