Millions of taxpayer dollars have been spent taking woodchips from Tasmania’s south to Bell Bay for export since the closure of the Gunns Mill at Triabunna in 2011.

The government has received 19 expressions of interest for an alternative facility in the south, and 14 of those will now go through to the next stage of the EOI process.

The government will now seek a more detailed business case from the 14 short-listed proposals.