The timeline for selecting a preferred proponent for the Oakajee Port Project has been extended by four weeks, until the end of July this year.
Planning and Infrastructure Minister Alannah MacTiernan told State Parliament today, that the new date would enable the evaluation teams to thoroughly analyse all the information that has been furnished.
“At the commencement of the Oakajee Port Request for Proposals (RFP) process, I expected to be in a position to announce the preferred respondent by the end of June 2008,” Ms MacTiernan said.
“The original six week evaluation time has not been sufficient to thoroughly analyse the complex technical information, as it has been necessary to seek additional information from both nominated infrastructure providers.
“This has required us to extend the assessment period to ensure that both respondents are treated fairly and that the Government gets the best outcome for Western Australia and the resource industry.
“I am confident we can make a decision by the end of July, nominating the preferred proponent for the building of the port at Oakajee.
“This extension of time is unrelated to the recently proposed merger between Murchison Metals Limited and Midwest Corporation or Sinosteel's proposed take-over of Midwest Corporation.
“I am writing today to Midwest Corporation, Yilgarn Infrastructure, Murchison Metals Limited, and Oakajee Port and Rail and advising them of the new target date for the decision.”
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