Access to Prime Infrastructure
Industry and business development relies on access to prime infrastructure that has maximum connectivity and integration. Port Pirie boasts high quality infrastructure, access to raw materials, a skilled and productive work force and a strong industrial background, making it the ideal location for industrial and commercial investments.
The provision of key utilities such as water, sewer, telecommunication, electricity and natural gas is geared to the demands of expanding industry in the region. More specifically, infrastructure and essential services that are available in Port Pirie include:
- Water - A reliable and low cost potable water supply for domestic and industry needs is reticulated throughout the City, sourced from the SA Government owned Morgan to Whyalla pipeline.
- Natural Gas - Supply to Port Pirie is via a lateral connection to the Moomba to Adelaide natural gas pipeline. The City has an extensive distribution network, offering natural gas connections to most residential and commercial areas. High pressure natural gas (ie 700 Kpa and 140 Kpa) serve the needs of current industrial and commercial consumers, with expansion feasibility currently being investigated.
- Electricity - The Upper Spencer Gulf is a major source of competitive coal fired power generation capacity for South Australia. Large electricity transmission lines (ie 275kV) pass by the outskirts of Port Pirie, delivering power from the Flinders Power Station located at Port Augusta. A major upgrade of Bungama Substation ensures Port Pirie and the region has adequate energy infrastructure to meet future demand.
- Transport: Road - Port Pirie is ideally situated 5km from National Highway 1 with easy access to National Highway corridors linking the region to New South Wales and Victoria, Northern Territory and Western Australia.
- Transport : Rail - Port Pirie is located at the heart of Australia's rail network, providing standard gauge rail connections across Australia. The Adelaide to Darwin and east-west trans-Australia rail links converge at Crystal Brook, 23km south-east of the City. This vital rail corridor passes the outskirts of the City with substantial track connections to the port, grain terminal and Nyrstar Port Pirie Smelter.
- Transport: Air - Port Pirie airport, owned and operated by the Port Pirie Regional Council, offers three runways including an unrated, all weather 1040m sealed airstrip. The airport offers refuelling and hangar storage options and can accommodate 24 hour access for twin engine private and charter aircraft. Potential also exists to upgrade the existing airport infrastructure to accommodate Regular Passenger Transport (RPT) services
- Transport : Sea – Port Pirie is the principle open access general cargo port in the region, servicing up to 100 ships per annum. Principle commodities include mineral concentrate, refined lead and zinc, coal, grain and general cargo. The port is operated by Flinders Ports and accessed via a channel and swinging basin dredged to 6.4m. Depth at most berths is 8.2m. The port can handle HandiMax class vessels up to 185m length.
- Telecommunication – Port Pirie enjoys best available services for voice and data communications. High speed broadband internet services are available throughout the City and supported by comprehensive mobile coverage.
In addition, Port Pirie Regional Council maintains an extensive range of municipal and community infrastructure to meet the needs of the region.