The total trade through the Port of Esperance almost doubled since its previous major expansion in 2001/02 and consequently the Esperance Port Authority was assessing its options for future expansion of the port facility to cope with increased trade.
The Port Authority requested BMT to investigate conceptual layouts and order of magnitude construction program and cost estimates for the further development of the port to deal with the export of primarily bulk based materials.
Development of a draft port development concept plan included a review of the existing infrastructure and port capacity as well as an assessment of the type and volume of current and future trades at the port.
A port Masterplan was developed that allowed for the future expansion of the port as and when the predicted trades were realised. BMT identified the optimal layout, detailed road and rail networks, dredging and reclamation requirements and numerical wave modelling of the preferred concepts in order to develop detailed cost and program estimates for future expansion.
In addition, two alternative greenfield port locations relatively close to the existing port had historically been considered as potential port development locations.
BMT also considered these options based on the relocation of all bulk based products to these new locations, with the traditional trades from the port (grain, fertilizer, break bulk, fuel) remaining at their current location.
BMT delivered a port master plan to assist the customer in establishing a technically and financially viable roadmap, as well as a strategic business model to better position the port for returns on investment.
BMT prepared a business plan for the new offshore multi-user port development in Abu Dhabi, involving staged construction of facilities from initial operations in 2010 to full development by 2028.
BMT prepared a detailed demand assessment to identify the product mix and potential industry clusters that drive the cargo throughout the client's ports in China.
BMT undertook a wide range of consultancy services for a major development of the Esperance Port, which involved planning, design and full project management of the port upgrade.