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Re: Port Pirie

Posted: Tue Aug 19, 2008 4:55 pm
by kernelpanic
This is a development of sorts, but not in the physical sense, just in terms of news: ... ite=hobart
The owner of the Port Pirie smelter in South Australia has announced it is considering shifting the plant's zinc operations to Tasmania.
More than 100 workers at the zinc operations at Port Pirie could be affected if production of 40,000 tonnes of zinc is shifted to Hobart.
Not great news for Pirie, and if it happens, it might stopyone from even considering developments there. :(

Re: Port Pirie

Posted: Thu Mar 12, 2009 1:22 pm
by Gazeby
Putting the economic crisis out of the equation & the fact you dont actually drive through the town & any tourism they once had has fallen out of the town so why would you visit unless you have family/friends there like me. If they want to develop the port frontage, Instead of pulling down the old unused silos at the Port Pirie Whaf why doesnt someone develop these into apartments. great location and views.

these arent great examples but still.....


Re: Port Pirie

Posted: Thu Mar 12, 2009 2:02 pm
by rhino
Nice one Gazeby - where are the last two photos from?

Re: Port Pirie

Posted: Thu Mar 12, 2009 2:32 pm
by Gazeby
3rd shot from Salamanca Place, Hobart wharf
4th shot from Bunbury WA

Re: Port Pirie

Posted: Thu Mar 12, 2009 5:10 pm
by Will409
As far as I am aware, the grain silos are still in use since grain trains from Adelaide still call in there to transfer grain transported from other regional areas to Port Adelaide for export.

Re: Port Pirie

Posted: Tue Dec 21, 2010 9:42 pm
by iTouch
much happening at PP these days?

Re: Port Pirie

Posted: Thu May 05, 2011 10:29 pm
by Pollywaffle
Nyrstar recently reported problems with the Pirie smelter, but expressed confidence these would be resolved. If the smelter shut down, Pirie would be cactus.

Re: Port Pirie

Posted: Sat May 07, 2011 4:41 pm
by Punishment466
Took a quick phone pic of the new Port Pirie Regional Library.


Re: Port Pirie | Developments & News

Posted: Mon Dec 03, 2012 3:35 pm
by rhino
Some good news for Port Pirie from ABC on line:

Nyrstar agrees to transform lead smelter
An in-principle deal has been struck between Nyrstar and the Federal and South Australian Governments for a $350 million upgrade of the lead and zinc smelter at Port Pirie to a cleaner operation.

An advanced poly-metallic processing and recovery facility will be built, which the SA Government says will secure the long-term future of more than 2,500 jobs.

It said the upgrade would substantially reduce lead emissions in the Port Pirie area by replacing the ageing 120-year-old smelter with a much cleaner metal processing operation.

Nyrstar will put in $200 million for the redevelopment and the Federal Government will be the guarantor for private equity investment for the rest of the funding.

The planned work is now subject to feasibility studies, but the transformation is expected to lead to a significant improvement in air quality in the regional city.

The SA Government said it would put $5 million into an immediate clean-up of environmental concerns, including lead dust.

Nyrstar will also put in $3 million annually for a decade to the abatement program.

Local independent MP Geoff Brock welcomed the announcement and said the stigma of lead pollution should now become a thing of the past for the region.

"As former mayor and now the local MP I have longed for this day," he said.

Re: Port Pirie | Developments & News

Posted: Mon Dec 03, 2012 10:25 pm
by claybro
Great news for the North. Pirrie, Port Augusta and Whyalla seem to be slowly awakening from a long slumber. A pity the oposite seems to be happening in the Southeast.

Re: Port Pirie | Developments & News

Posted: Fri Mar 01, 2013 9:33 am
by rhino
Smelter upgrade made major project
The South Australian Government said giving major project status to the Port Pirie smelter redevelopment would cut the project approval process from years to months.

SA Planning Minister John Rau said it was vital to give the smelter operator Nyrstar as much certainty as possible, as it worked to find private investment for the proposed $350 million upgrade.

"That means that I guess the Rolls Royce approval process is being wheeled out. It means it's getting the most sophisticated attention that we're able to give it because of its importance to the whole state," he said.

That process will include an environmental impact statement (EIS).

Greens leader Mark Parnell said, based on previous experience such as BHP Billiton's Olympic Dam project, the EIS process needed to be more transparent.

"It's not Rolls Royce if the company is allowed to hide behind secrecy and not put its scientists up for quizzing and for questioning," he said.

Major Project status = Govt as judge, jury and spruiker. That's why EIS needs to be open to real scrutiny, not unverified claims
Greens' Mark Parnell on Twitter

Opposition regional development spokesman Martin Hamilton-Smith said the Opposition wanted to see more detail about the project before giving its support.

"We are giving in-principle support, but clearly we need to see the detail now of what the Government's proposing," he said.

"Once we've seen that detail we'll be able to tick the relevant boxes.

"There needs to be a thorough environmental planning and community approval and engagement process. The Government says it's planning to do that, we look forward to seeing the detail."

Final approval for the lead smelter upgrade rests with the SA Cabinet.

Re: Port Pirie | Developments & News

Posted: Fri May 24, 2013 2:03 pm
by rhino
One step closer ...

Port Pirie smelter upgrade a step closer
Metals company Nyrstar and the Federal Government have moved a step closer to finalising a proposed $350 million redevelopment of the Port Pirie smelter in South Australia.

Nyrstar said an implementation agreement had been signed with the Government's export credit agency.

The Government will be a guarantor to $150 million of the funding package which will come from third-party investors.

The rest will be raised by Nyrstar.

Final approvals for the lead smelter transformation are expected by the end of the year.

Re: Port Pirie | Developments & News

Posted: Wed Aug 07, 2013 12:24 pm
by zippySA
Anyone know anything more about this one? Recent news from the parent company of Nystar seem to put a dampener on this whole project....and from what I read, the only real commitment at the moment is to conduct a feasibility study into a potential expansion (which always makes me laugh that the final cost has already been announced before any detailed analysis...BAU for Government in that respect - magically all works need to align with the original number somehow regardless of what is really required).

I would imagine closure of this plant would be devastating for Pirie.

Re: Port Pirie | Developments & News

Posted: Fri May 02, 2014 10:50 am
by rhino
Port Pirie is celebrating news that the $385m upgrade of the Nyrstar lead smelter will go ahead
Channel 9, Adelaide, National Nine News, Brenton Ragless 01 May 2014 6:12 PM
Port Pirie is celebrating news that the $385m upgrade of the Nyrstar lead smelter will go ahead, securing hundreds of jobs in the town.
SA Regional Development Minister Geoff Brock denies unnecessarily costing taxpayers millions. The SA Government will underwrite
around $250m of the cost, in a deal struck between SA Premier Jay Weatherill and local MP Brock. The SA Opposition says they
support the project but SA shouldn't carry all the risk. Port Pirie Mayor Brenton Vanstone says a technological upgrade will halve
pollution from the smelter.

Re: Port Pirie | Developments & News

Posted: Tue Jan 23, 2018 11:12 am
by rhino
From ABC News online:

$600m Nyrstar redevelopment opens at Port Pirie, with facility expected to improve air quality
A $600 million metals processing plant has officially opened at Port Pirie, securing more than 700 jobs.

Plant operator Nyrstar said the facility would significantly improve air quality in the town by reducing lead-in-air emissions by a margin unachievable with the old smelter at the site.

Premier Jay Weatherill opened the plant along with Nyrstar executives, and said it marked a new chapter in the history of Port Pirie.

"For Nyrstar, improved efficiencies provide a pathway to uplift earnings, and for Port Pirie we can lock in better health and environment outcomes for decades to come," he said.

Nyrstar chief executive Hilmar Rode said the development was crucial to the company's future, and it would put the safety of the community first.

"We are totally committed to a successful and safe ground plant," he said.

"We will face many more challenges along this journey, but I'm confident if we all continue with the same dedication that we have seen … we will ensure a sustainable future for the Port Pirie smelter and for the broader community."

Regional Development Minister Geoff Brock welcomed Nyrstar's investment in the area.

The redevelopment also was underwritten by the State Government by $291 million.

"Across Port Pirie, economic and social investments are being made that would not have been possible without Nyrstar committing to its long-term presence in this community," he said.

"Air quality is also expected to improve during the two-year ramp-up toward full production at the new facility, and will accelerate once the old sinter plant is decommissioned."

Smelter has chequered past with air pollution

Monitoring lead levels in the blood of people who live in the town will continue.

Regular checks have noted improvement in the amount of lead in those in the area, but the problems remain.

The plant is expected to be working at full capacity within two years.