Mayfield Concept Plan

Mayfield Concept Plan

The Mayfield development site is a 90-hectare parcel of port-side land. The site was once part of the former BHP Steelworks and has since been extensively remediated. It represents the largest vacant port land on the eastern searboard of Australia. 

The site provides an important opportunity for Port of Newcastle to diversify the Hunter and NSW economies, and improve the efficiency of existing supply chains. 

Port of Newcastle is seeking to develop the Mayfield  site for port related activities in order to accommodate a diverse range of cargo handling infrastructure and grow new and existing trades. The site will, initially, be developed for bulk liquids. A multi-purpose cargo facility focused around bulk materials and general cargo has been identified as a future opportunity.

The Mayfield Site Port Related Activities Concept Plan (Mayfield Concept Plan) was approved by the NSW Department for Planning, Industry and Environment as a Concept Approval under section 75O of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.

The Concept Plan establishes the broad parameters and environmental performance criteria to assess and develop future projects. It also provides a level of certainty for regulators and the local community that the site will be developed in a consistent and environmentally responsible manner.

The Concept Plan approval does not permit the construction or operation of any project. Future projects within the Concept Plan area are subject to separate approval(s) under the Act.

The proponent for the Mayfield Concept Plan was Newcastle Port Corporation until the commencement of the long-term lease of the Port of Newcastle. From 31 May 2014, Port of Newcastle is the proponent.

Port of Newcastle is seeking to develop the site for port-related activities to accommodate a diverse range of cargo handling infrastructure and the promotion of trade, in accordance with the objectives of the State Environmental Planning Policy (Three Ports) 2013.

The western portion of the site will initially be developed for bulk liquids. The timing of further development will depend on the commercial needs of port users.

Stolthaven Mayfield Terminal

Stolthaven continues to meet its environmental reporting requirements as part of the Conditions of Approval issued in 2016 for the bulk fuel storage and distribution terminal. This terminal comprises seven diesel storage tanks and two biodiesel storage tanks, with approval to handle up to 3,500 million litres of fuel annually. 

Read the latest monitoring report.

Koppers Pipeline

Koppers Carbon Materials and Chemicals Pty Ltd (Koppers) has decommissioned and removed the gantry and pipe infrastructure that previously connected its Mayfield facility to the BHP 6 Berth.

Koppers pipeline now connects to Mayfield 7 Berth, which is a dedicated bulk liquids berth.

Mayfield Cargo Storage Facility

The Mayfield Cargo Storage Facility will open doors to diverse trades, including more wind turbine imports, under a proposal to expand the site’s footprint from 12 to 15 hectares.

Port of Newcastle has lodged a proposal with the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment seeking approval for the expansion.

Port of Newcastle has been operating the Mayfield Cargo Storage Facility since July 2017. It comprises 12 hectares of open-air storage for a range of cargo, including breakbulk, project, general and containerised cargoes.

Port of Newcastle Mayfield Services Project

A new electrical switching substation is due to be commissioned later in 2020, in preparation for increased capacity needs of the proposed Mutli-purpose Deepwater Terminal.

The delivery and installation of the substation is part of a $10 million investment to future-proof the capacity of the site. Once commissioned, it will add 11.75 Mega Volt Amps (MVA) to the Port’s private electrical network. This is an important milestone in a long-term project to activate the Mayfield Precinct and deliver surplus capacity for Stage 1 of the Multi-purpose Deepwater Terminal, as well as the Bulk Liquids Precinct servicing Stolthaven and Koppers. This project is being delivered in partnership with our contractors AvidPM, Downer EDI Engineering Pty Ltd, and GHD.

Beyond the Mayfield Services Project

Port of Newcastle is currently progressing with a proposal to develop a Multi-purpose Deepwater Terminal at Mayfield.

Subject to the removal of the targeted tax on containers through Newcastle, Port of Newcastle is ready to invest $1.8 billion in the infrastructure needed to ensure Australia can accommodate the global shift towards the use of ultra large container vessels. With a groundswell of industry and political support for the project, the port will soon be in a position to provide a superior option for customers.

The Mutli-purpose Deepwater Terminal will help the Hunter’s economy to transition to a more diversified baseline and add further economic, social and environmental value.

Read more about the project.

You can keep up-to-date about this site and the development approval by:

There are currently two facilities operating under the Mayfield Concept Approval:

  • SSD_7065 Stolthaven Bulk Fuel Terminal; and
  • DA 8137 Mayfield Cargo Storage Facility

As the proponent of the Mayfield Concept Plan Approval, Port of Newcastle publishes monitoring data on environmental performance.

Ambient air quality and wind data is currently monitored via the NSW EPA Lower Hunter Air Quality Monitoring Network.

The parameters monitored within the network are a basic set of fine particulates, combustion gases and wind speed and direction.

This set of parameters is able to provide a qualitative assessment of the impact on local air quality from the current activities within the Mayfield Concept Plan area until such time that future operations in the Mayfield Concept Plan area trigger the need for a higher level of monitoring.

Operators are required to complete all statutory reporting requirements applicable to their operations within the time periods as specified within their consent and/or license conditions.

Port of Newcastle publishes an annual site-wide noise verification report.

Cumulative impacts of facilities operating under the Mayfield Concept Approval are assessed against total site criteria.  Links to the cumulative assessment outcomes are provided above. Please refer to:

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