Esperance bushfire damaged logs exported through Southern Ports

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Logs that were damaged in the 2015 bushfires that devastated the region, have been exported from the Esperance Port. 

Departing on Friday, the 8000 tonnes of logs are expected to be used in the production of plyboard.

The inaugural export is the fourth new trade to go through the port in the past 18 months. 

The port welcomed the new trade, stating the exports would benefit the region. 

 “Each of these exports contributes to the local economy and connects regional Western Australian commodities to the global marketplace,” Southern Ports chief executive officer Nicolas Fertin said. 

Mr Fertin said the logs were the latest in a series of agreements to bring new commodity exports through Esperance.

Both Rainbow Ridge Resources and stevedoring company Qube Logistics had the contract to load the logs. 

“We’ve had new export agreements for nickel and copper concentrate from Independence Group’s NOVA mine near Fraser Range, spodumene from Galaxy Resources Mt Cattlin operations and woodchips from Southern Pacific Fibre,” Mr Fertin said.