Hutchison to control intermodal centre

Hutchison appointed operator of Enfield Intermodal Logistics Centre, as NSW minister officially hands it control of third Botany terminal

By Brad Gardner | August 3, 2011

Hutchison Port Holdings has been handed control of the Enfield Intermodal Logistics Centre as it prepares to set up its operations at the third Port Botany terminal.

The centre, located 18km from Port Botany, is designed to accommodate the state’s growing container trade demand and help secure the government’s commitment of having 40 percent of containers transported on rail.

Sydney Ports Corporation Chairman Bryan Smith says the intermodal centre will improve transport efficiency to and from Port Botany and deliver up to 300,000 twenty foot equivalent units (TEU) of port-related freight by rail once fully operational.

He says the intermodal facility will help reduce truck movements to and from Botany by up to 300 movements each day, in turn reducing congestion and carbon emissions.

The announcement came as the NSW Government officially handed control of Port Botany’s third terminal to Hutchison. Roads and Ports Minister Duncan Gay says the official handover this week paves the way for Hutchison to begin fitting out the terminal with cranes and handling equipment.

Hutchison was announced as the successful bidder for the terminal in December 2009.

Gay says the third terminal is expected to create 9,000 new jobs and boost the NSW economy by $16 billion over the next 20 years.

"Port Botany is this state's premier container port and the $1 billion expansion will double the handling capacity of the port to meet projected long-term trade growth for Sydney and NSW," he says.

The government is banking on Hutchison spending between $500 million and $1 billion on infrastructure and lease payments over the next 30 years.

Gay says the soon-to-be created super department, Transport for NSW, will place a strong emphasis on addressing challenges in the supply chain through its Freight and Regional Development division. He says the division will integrate freight strategies and programs to meet current and future needs.

"For the first time there will be a Minister overseeing the coordination of freight from paddock to port and from ship to shop," Gay says.

CORRECTION:The original version of this article incorrectly referred to Hutchison Port Holdings as Hutchinson.

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