Gladstone Port is not likely to benefit from an expansion to the uranium industry, according to reports.
Gladstone Port is not likely to benefit from an expansion to the uranium industry, according to reports. Brenda Strong/File photo

Uranium industry not likely to bring benefits to Qld ports

QUEENSLAND'S burgeoning uranium industry would bring no immediate benefit to the state's port cities, the Australian Uranium Association has predicted.

Rather, AUA spokesman Simon Clarke said uranium would be exported via ports in Darwin and Adelaide.

Brisbane Times reports that would mirror the situation in Western Australia, where uranium export was banned from local ports. Uranium from WA is instead shipped through Darwin and Adelaide.

"As matters stand now, it would seem most likely that any uranium mined in Queensland would be transported by road and rail to either Adelaide or Darwin for shipment out of Australia," Mr Clarke said.

Any port exporting radioactive uranium must be capable of carrying class seven hazardous wastes and storing waste in secure premises while waiting for commercial shipping.

Fairfax has been told by two industry sources in Adelaide that uranium companies from several mines had to "combine their loads" to provide enough uranium ore for a class seven container shipment.

It is understood that, at present, the only uranium leaving Australia is being shipped from Adelaide's port, although Darwin was also equipped.

Mr Clarke said he believed a rail spur line would need to be built to be able to connect to a major interstate rail line to deliver uranium to either of Australia's central capital cities.

Queensland Premier Campbell Newman on Tuesday announced a five-person committee to oversee a uranium industry in Queensland, after controversially overturning the uranium mine ban a fortnight ago.

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