North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation Limited engaged Aurecon to prepare a port development master plan to guide development of additional coal export facilities at the Port of Hay Point over the next five to fifteen years (nominally ten years).
It was requested that the master plan should specifically assess the potential development of the 1400 Hectare Dudgeon Point site (owned by NQBP), located approximately 4km to the north of the existing coal export facilities.
This site had been identified by NQBP as a potential development site in its “Port of Hay Point Land Use Plan”, April 2010, prepared by NQBP in accordance with the statutory provisions of the Transport Infrastructure Act 1994.
However, other potential sites suitable for development of bulk export facilities within the Port of Hay Point were also required to be assessed to ensure that the best planning outcomes are maintained.
NQBP sought Expressions of Interest from proponents wishing to develop export facilities at the Dudgeon Point site. After assessment of the EOI, Adani Mining Pty Ltd and Dudgeon Point Project Management Pty Ltd were awarded ‘Preferred Development Proponent’ status to work with NQBP to plan for development of facilities at Dudgeon Point.
Preparation of the plan included development of potential concept designs for the facilities that might be adopted by the respective proponents. These concept designs allowed space requirements to be defined for establishment of the respective terminal facilities, which was required to assist NQBP in allocating lands and offshore areas to the respective proponents.
The concept designs have also been used to provide engineering inputs for preparation of an EIS by NQBP and its environmental consultant for the development of the Dudgeon Point site.
The berth allocation for Terminal B is preferred to involve up to 2 berth lengths located inside the existing offshore DBCTM lease boundary. This is considered to provide the maximum availability of berths within the Port and lowest costs for development of new berths for both proponents (reduced dredging and marine structures costs) and is therefore considered the best outcome for the Port.
Dredging Today Staff, October 25, 2012