BMT delivered a multi-million dollar feasibility study to assess the commercial, technical and environmental viability of the Sebuku mine expansion in Kalimantan, Indonesia. The project would boost production capacity from 2 to 8.5 Mtpa, providing attractive financial returns for the client.
The expansion would involve open cut mining in a stretch of water immediately adjacent to the mine's existing operations, a technique not previously undertaken in Indonesia and attempted only on a few occasions globally. This raised many challenges in regard to retaining and preventing ingress of ocean water into the working pit, as well as existing water management issues within it. BMT’s wealth of experience facilitated the development of viable options that could help turn this ambitious project into a reality.
The complexities of the project were categorised into three distinct groups: technical, environmental and social/political.
The project saw many aspects of environmental conservation, social consultation and technical evaluation being studied in order to ensure that the project had every chance of progressing to the next level of study. BMT drew upon in-house expertise in:
BMT completed the majority of the study in-house, enabling greater quality control and cost-effectiveness for the customer.
Upon completion of the study, BMT found that the project was economically viable and should be developed further. The project was delivered successful and met the needs of the client and the project brief.
BMT was engaged to prepare designs to more than double the output of an existing barge loading facility in Kalimantan, Indonesia. The facility handles a number of different grades of coal to deliver a specified blend to each barge.
BMT designed the port as multi product facility that could handle both import and export of bulk products, livestock export and possibly Ro-Ro traffic.
BMT delivered a feasibility study for a proposed dry dock on the Karnafuly river in Bangladesh, which will facilitate ship repairing, ship building an dry docking of ocean-going vessels up to 100,000 DWT.
The purpose of this Preliminary Feasibility assessment was to establish at a high level the nature and volume of cargo demand, the technical requirements to support this volume, the marine and port facility requirements, broad environmental and metocean impacts, and quantified investment returns.