Client: Conservation & Environment Protection Authority (CEPA) and Ramu NiCo
BMT was commissioned by the CEPA and Ramu NiCo to conduct an independent environmental audit of operations at the Ramu Nickel Mine in Madang Province, Papua New Guinea. In accordance with the terms of reference, the audit focused upon the compliance and environmental performance of Ramu NiCo against the Environment Permits and Codes of Practice; the Environmental Plan and Environmental Plan Approval; and the Operational Environmental Management Plan (OEMP). As part of the audit, a site visit was conducted and covered mining, beneficiation and refining activities across the Ramu Nickel Project site and associated documentation. An audit protocol was developed using the audit criteria and formed the basis of the site audit.
Based on the audit protocol and scoring system, various environmental issues and facilities were given an environmental performance score. In addition to auditing environmental performance against the OEMP and Environment Permit, an assessment was also conducted of the adequacy of the OEMP to address likely environmental impacts. This assessment focused on the management and monitoring programs of the 20 OEMP sub-plans with the intention of identifying any gaps or inadequate procedures. OEMP sub-plans ranged from biological, chemical, cultural and emergency response related disciplines. Recommendations were made regarding compliance with Environment Permit conditions and the OEMP requirements, general improvements to the OEMP expected to avoid or reduce environmental risks to a more acceptable level.
Seqwater is the Queensland Government Bulk Water Supply Authority and manages over $11 billion of water supply infrastructure - including dams and weirs, conventional water treatment plants, a desalination plant, the Western Corridor Recycled Water Scheme, as well reservoirs, pump stations and more than 600 kilometres of bi-directional pipeline network. As part of Seqwater's climate change risk management, this project undertaken by BMT assessed climate change vulnerability of Seqwater's built assets.
In partnership with the University of Sydney and the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), BMT is helping to prepare new national guidelines regarding climate resilient materials. The new guidelines, known as Practice Note 12.2: Climate resilient materials for infrastructure assets (PN 12.2) will be released by the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia (IPWEA) to supplement the existing Practice Note 12.1: Climate Change Impacts on the Useful Life of Infrastructure (PN 12.1), previously prepared by Northern Beaches Council and IPWEA.
The Queensland Government Department of Environment and Natural Resources contracted Buckley Vann Town Planning Consultants and BMT in 2010 to assist the Department with the development of a proposed planning and assessment code and associated guidelines to support the State Planning Policy for Coastal Management currently in development.
Reliability of process design of water treatment works in Hong Kong was enhanced through various studies and reviews.