Proposals previously assessed

Port Pirie Smelter Transformation

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The proposal

The proposal is for an upgrade of the existing Nyrstar smelter at Port Pirie (Mid North), primarily to reduce lead emission levels.

It comprises a redevelopment of the existing sinter plant, blast furnace, acid making operations, and associated infrastructure and equipment, including any or all of these elements:

  • a new stage one enclosed bath smelting furnace system to replace the current sinter plant
  • a new stage one oxygen plant facility
  • a new stage two enclosed bath smelting furnace system to replace the current blast furnace
  • a new sulphur capture (acid plant) to replace the existing acid plant
  • storage areas for mineral concentrate and raw materials
  • an upgraded sea water intake cooling system and expanded cooling water discharge system
  • decommissioning and/or demolition of the existing sinter plant, blast furnace, acid plant and associated infrastructure.

Assessment stages and documentation

23 December 2013

Stage of assessment process



Declaration as major development

28 February 2013

See notice in Government Gazette

Release of guidelines by Development Assessment Commission with level of assessment determined

31 May 2013 Guidelines for the preparation of a Public Environmental Report - (3.6 MB PDF)

Release of assessment document by proponent for public comment

7 August 2013
Release and response document by proponent to public and agency comments on PER document

Assessment report by minister

23 December 2013 Assessment Report 2013 - (1.8 MB PDF)
Governor's decision 23 December 2013 See notice in Government Gazette

Related information

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Proposals currently being assessed


Planning Contacts - Major Developments

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