Australia: Submissions Period for Abbott Point Dredging Closes
The period for public comment on the draft Public Environment Report (PER) for the proposed coal export terminal expansion at Abbot Point closed on 15 February 2013.
Capital dredging of six new berth pockets and ship apron as part of the Terminal 0, Terminal 2 and Terminal 3 is being proposed. Public comments are being incorporated and the final PER is being prepared.
About the Proposal
North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation is the port authority responsible for managing the Port of Abbot Point, located north of Bowen in Central Queensland. As part of the development of Terminal 0, Terminal 2 and Terminal 3, capital dredging of six new berth pockets and ship apron areas is required. Dredging of approximately 3,000,000 cubic metres of previously undisturbed seabed and disposal of the dredge material to an offshore disposal area is proposed.
About the Area
Abbot Point is located approximately 25 kilometres north of Bowen on the Central Queensland Coast.
The area to be dredged is located approximately three kilometres offshore of Abbot Point and is wholly contained within existing Port limits of Abbot Point.
The project footprint is located within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. Ocean disposal of dredged material is proposed to occur inside the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park (Marine Park).
Press Release, February 18, 2013