Port of Townsville Expansion


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Port of Townsville Expansion

Prospective pipeline

Greenfield (construction) or brownfield (government asset divestment) projects needed or likely to occur within the next five years, but is not formally proposed by a state, territory or major local government.

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Preferred bidder announced

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Projects that have progressed to contractual close remain on ANZIP for 12 months.

ANZIP is focused only on major infrastructure activity, above the following thresholds:


Construction projects: > AUD$300m

Investable greenfield & brownfield: > AUD$100m

New Zealand

All greenfield and brownfield projects and divestments: > NZD $100 million

STATUS: Prospective pipeline
SECTOR: Other transport
PROCUREMENT APPROACH: Traditional procurement
TYPE: Greenfield

The circa $1.64 billion Townsville Port Expansion Project will involve a staged development of additional port facilities in the outer harbour as demand grows.

The circa $520 million Stage 1 of the Expansion Project will involve:
- construction of perimeter revetment structures for the initial reclamation area;
- development of Berth 12; and
- widening of Sea and Platypus Channels.

The Queensland Government announced in the 2017-18 Budget that it would provide $75 million towards the $193 million Port of Townsville Channel Capacity Upgrade in the form of a $62 million equity injection and $13 million in reinvested dividends from the Port.

The Channel Capacity Upgrade includes:
- widening the Playtypus Channel and Sea Channel connection;
- constructing rock walls and revetments for dredge material;
- establishing a quarry to supply marine-grade armour rock; and
- installation of navigation aids aligned with the new channel configuration.
The business case for Stage 1 of the Channel Capacity Upgrade was submitted to the Queensland Government in May 2017.

An additional two stages for the port expansion - Stage 2 (circa $520 million) and Stage 3 (circa $500 million) - would involve the creation of additional land, deepening the channels and construction of a further five berths. The indicative program of works outlined in the Additional Environmental Impact Statement (AEIS) has Stage 2 and 3 commencing construction in 2023 and 2030 respectively.

The Port of Townsville is owned and managed by the Port of Townsville Limited, which is a Government Owned Corporation who also own and manage the Port of Lucinda in North Queensland.

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