DETAILED plans are complete and tenders are open to build new common user infrastructure at the Port of Bundaberg.

In 2019, Gladstone Ports Corporation and Sugar Terminals (STL) signed a memorandum of understanding in 2019 to expand existing cargo-handling capabilities.

Once complete the common user infrastructure will provide an opportunity for the Wide Bay region to increase exports of bulk commodities including minerals, timber products and agricultural products.

Detailed plans of the new common user infrastructure. Image: GPC

Port of Bundaberg manager Jason Pascoe said GPC and STL were now on the hunt for bids from local businesses before tenders close on 21 January 2022.

“It’s a really exciting time at the Port of Bundaberg,” Mr Pascoe said.

“The plans are now complete and we’re looking to engage local businesses to participate in formal tender processes for the supply, fabrication, installation and commissioning of a new common user system at the Port of Bundaberg,” he said.

GPC acting chief executive officer Paul Heagney said the detailed plans signalled a major milestone for the project.

“We’ve been working around the clock with STL on this project and to now go to market with a detailed design is a great achievement,” Mr Heagney said.

“The project is in conjunction with our strategic planning work to promote the Port of Bundaberg and surrounding state development area and we’re excited to see the project stimulate industry growth for the region,” he said.

STL chief executive officer David Quinn said the project, following final approvals, would generate significant employment opportunities for the region and attract new commodities to the port.

“The new infrastructure will have the capacity to provide customers with competitive loading rates and pricing. This will allow the region to develop projects with certainty on costs and Port availability,” Mr Quinn said.

“The project has been designed to complement our existing sugar handling operations which will minimise costs for all customers” he said.

Member for Bundaberg Tom Smith said the call for tenders was a positive step forward for the region.

“Delivering improved infrastructure that will support our export operations is a big boost for Bundaberg and for Queensland as a whole,” Mr Smith said.

“This opportunity brings with it a pipeline of jobs from design, installation and commissioning – boosting our economic recovery from COVID-19.”