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Long Awaited Confidence Boost for Port Pirie and Region

The recent announcement by Nyrstar and the South Australian Government marks a remarkable milestone in the history of Port Pirie’s Nyrstar Smelter which produces lead, zinc, copper, silver, gold and sulphuric acid. Now confirmed, the $514 million Port Pirie Transformation Project will deliver an innovative and sustainable solution to the current environmental and technical challenges facing the Nyrstar Port Pirie operation.

Friday’s announcement by Nyrstar and the South Australian Government marks a remarkable milestone in the history of Port Pirie’s Nyrstar Smelter which produces lead, zinc, copper, silver, gold and sulphuric acid. Now confirmed, the $514 million Port Pirie Transformation Project will deliver an innovative and sustainable solution to the current environmental and technical challenges facing the Nyrstar Port Pirie operation. When commissioned the new facility is expected to have an operating life in excess of 30 years.

Nyrstar is Port Pirie’s major employer,directly employing around 700 people plus 130 full-time equivalent contractors. Nyrstar also indirectly supports around 2,500 jobs in the region and contributes $1.6 billion to South Australia’s economic output including $755 million of exports making it the most significant private sector contributor to the community and the region and a substantial contributor to the State’s economic output.

Nyrstar’s strategic solutions involve transforming its Port Pirie operations away from that of a primary lead smelter into a highly flexible poly-metallic processing and recovery facility. The project will also deliver a significant improvement in environmental performance and community health by reducing lead-in-air, dust and sulphur dioxide emissions.

Kelly-Anne Saffin, CEO of Regional Development Australia Yorke & Mid North (RDAYMN) congratulates the Board of Nyrstar and the local management team on their successful navigation of the delicate process to secure the long term future of Port Pirie’s major employer.

“For more than a century the Port Pirie Smelter has been the keystone of South Australia’s first provincial city’s economy. This injection of confidence for the people of the region is a testament to the many key players.”

Ms Saffin wishes to acknowledge the tireless work carried out by Nyrstar, Premier Jay Weatherill, Geoff Brock MP, Member for Frome, Rowan Ramsey, Member for Grey, the Transformation Task Force, Minister Koutsantonis and Minister Kenyon along with Mayor Brenton Vanstone of the Port Pirie Regional Council.

“This project, which has been championed by many, received  bi-partisan support from the outset and is now set to deliver an environmentally and economically viable future for Port Pirie,” she added.

Media Contact:

Kelly-Anne Saffin
CEO, Regional Development Australia Yorke and Mid North
Phone: 0417 872 015
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