Adbri has commenced works on the $199 million Kwinana upgrade project in Western Australia, combining two cement production sites into one for a production lift.
The building materials company turned first soil at the Kwinana site with Western Australia’s Deputy Premier Roger Cook in attendance.
Cook said the state was proud to endorse the facility.
“The Kwinana upgrade project will improve the competitiveness of WA manufacturing against imports, boost local construction jobs and economic activity, while supporting the long-term growth of two vital sectors in the Western Australian economy through reliable supply of high quality raw materials,” Cook said.
The Kwinana Upgrade Project will combine Adbri’s Munster and Kwinana cement operations to increase the company’s annual production capacity in Western Australia from 1.1 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) to 1.5mtpa.
This will create 130 jobs during consruction and will become operational by mid-2023.
Adbri managing director and chief executive officer Nick Miller said the facility built upon the company’s revered history in building construction materials.
“For the past 50 plus years we’ve played a key role in Western Australia’s development, contributing to notable infrastructure projects like Perth Stadium and reliably supporting our customers in the resources sector with high quality product,” Miller said.
“Our $199 million investment will modernise and increase our cement production capabilities, lower our operating costs and importantly reduce the site’s carbon emissions by around 20 per cent, ensuring we remain a supplier of choice for our customers for the next 50 years.”
The facility will include a new 110,000-tonne clinker storage shed with an automated reclaim system to remove road transport and clinker handling.
There will also be a granulated blast furnace slag feed system, and new 21,000-tonne storage, post-blending, loading and weighbridge infrastructure.