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The South Australian Government has awarded a $200,000 grant for Bowmans Rail to establish an intermodal terminal just outside of Leigh Creek in central eastern South Australia.
State regional development minister Geoff Brock said the inland regional port will provide an integrated road and rail service from Adelaide to the Cooper Basin, reducing inbound freight costs and creating transport efficiencies.
“Bowmans Rail, through the Leigh Creek Intermodal, will provide an alternative transport method to cater for the oil and gas industry in the Far North, broadening the competitiveness of the region and improving its economic prosperity,” Brock said.
“This project, with the support of the Upper Spencer Gulf and Outback Futures Program, will stimulate new business activity, support community sustainability and create job opportunities for the region.
“Establishing the Leigh Creek intermodal will invest a project total of $800,000 into the local economy and create five new ongoing positions.”
Bowmans Rail chief executive Scott McKay said the company was grateful for the grant, which he said would greatly assist construction of the facility.
“With this project we aim to service the oil and gas industry in the Cooper Basin and make future exploration more attractive by reducing supply costs and an opportunity to transfer minerals from this emerging region to export market,” he said.
“Bowmans Rail provides an integrated, high-value service to its customers and we look forward to offering additional value-add opportunities for South Australia’s resource sector with this new intermodal container terminal.”
This article first appeared on www.railexpress.com.au
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