A number of repairs to the jetty at the Port of Thevenard have been made with Flinders Ports confident operations could recommence by the first week of October.
Flinders Ports’s engineering team and project partners have moved ahead with a short term solution so ship loading operations could restart.
Last weekend the first four piles were successfully put into place with four more piles to be driven in across the next few weeks.
Once all new piles are in place work to connect them to the existing conveyor structure will begin.
Demolition plans have also been developed and a contractor is scheduled to begin at the site this week with fabrication works required for the demolition nearing completion.
Flinders Ports estimates that ship loading operations will recommence in the first week of October, pending on weather conditions.
Flinders Ports Holdings chief executive officer Vincent Tremaine said designs for a long term upgrade were also underway and the organisation was pleased with the progress of the project.
“We are acutely aware of the need to reopen the port for our customers and all those associated with port operations so I am delighted with the progress of the interim solution,” he said.
“We very much look forward to cargo flowing again, weather permitting, in early October.”
The news has been well received by Regional Development Australia Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula chief executive officer Dion Dorward who said these works were much needed for a port that exports more than three million tonnes of mixed commodities per annum.
“It’s an absolute relief for all of us to see these works undertaken,” he said.
“This is such a timely reminder for why we need to secure new investment for infrastructure across the region.”