Lead smelter planned for Hazelwood site

 
  NSWGR8022 Chief Commissioner

Location: From the lands of Journalism and Free Speech
The chinese have just been given approval to build and operate a lead smelter at Hazelwood.  Is rail planned for both inbound and outbound materials?

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-01-08/gippsland-lead-smelter-approved-ahead-of-vcat-hearing/13038946

50,000 tonnes of batteries and lead per annum into the community by road.

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  Carnot Minister for Railways

The chinese have just been given approval to build and operate a lead smelter at Hazelwood.  Is rail planned for both inbound and outbound materials?
NSWGR8022
No.  50000 tonnes isn't a lot, relatively speaking.  You would need 10x that amount to even have a Govt or business consider it for rail.  50000 tonnes is 1000 B-doubles/year.  3 per day.

Incidentally, it's mainly a battery recycling plant.  And not popular with the locals for obvious reasons.
  NSWGR8022 Chief Commissioner

Location: From the lands of Journalism and Free Speech
However this adds to an intermodal setup for the Hazelwood area which is looking for intermodal business and adding another 1000 B-Double trips x 2 for the return is not smart in tis day and age.
  Carnot Minister for Railways

However this adds to an intermodal setup for the Hazelwood area which is looking for intermodal business and adding another 1000 B-Double trips x 2 for the return is not smart in tis day and age.
NSWGR8022
Far, far cheaper to run 3 B-double trips in Vic for such a short distance to Melb. Simple.
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Richmond Vic
Incidentally, it's mainly a battery recycling plant.  And not popular with the locals for obvious reasons.


They're just getting rid of one of the country's dirtiest power stations, and now they're afraid of lead poisoning. I can't say that I blame them.
  gippslander Chief Commissioner

Location: Central Gippsland, Vic
It’s not in the Hazelwood Power Station works area, but located on the site formerly occupied by an extremely toxic coal to gas plant, which sat empty until it was remediated at huge cost by the Victorian Government in the early 2000s. The proposed battery recycling plant has apparently received an EPA works permit (a demanding process) and the Latrobe City Council planning officer report for the Council recommended approval with all the expected controls.
The land has been zoned and used for heavy industrial purposes since the early 1960s, but the surrounding farmland to the east has been partially converted to a good quality rural residential  area in more recent years. It is an unfortunate situation but the development satisfies State development and environmental requirements.
  NSWGR8022 Chief Commissioner

Location: From the lands of Journalism and Free Speech
With the industrial estate being created was rail considered in the design?

How far from the rail network is the site and is intermodal transfer available?
  gippslander Chief Commissioner

Location: Central Gippsland, Vic
With the industrial estate being created was rail considered in the design?

How far from the rail network is the site and is intermodal transfer available?
NSWGR8022
The industrial area in question has never had rail capability - it is about 1km as the crow flies from the proposed Gippsland Logistics Precinct, still in development. The comparatively small quantities of batteries will presumably come from a range of supply points and would require transhipping at each end, so not contestable business.
  gippslander Chief Commissioner

Location: Central Gippsland, Vic
With the industrial estate being created was rail considered in the design?

How far from the rail network is the site and is intermodal transfer available?
The industrial area in question has never had rail capability - it is about 1km as the crow flies from the proposed Gippsland Logistics Precinct, still in development. The comparatively small quantities of batteries will presumably come from a range of supply points and would require transhipping at each end, so not contestable business.

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