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Arup picked for Australian port

25 Aug 11 Arup has won a contract to prepare a comprehensive environmental assessement for a proposed bulk commodities export facility at Port Bonython on Spencer Gulf in South Australia.

It has been appointed by Spencer Gulf Port Link Consortium, the group selected by the state government as preferred bidder for the project. Spencer Gulf Port Link Consortium comprises Flinders Port Holdings, Leighton Contractors, Macquarie Capital, BIS Industrial Logistics and the Australian Rail Track Corporation.

As part of its report, Arup will investigate a range of different issues including project management, environmental management and sustainability, rail and maritime access, and community consultation.

“We believe the report will further support our view that the port is viable, and in fact essential, given the expected increases in mineral resource volumes from proposed mining projects in the region,” said Flinders Ports chief executive and consortium spokesman Vincent Tremaine. “Port Bonython is the most appropriate location for this type of port in the area, taking in a number of factors including water depth, land availability, and its proximity to rail and proposed mining projects in the region. The assessment will investigate the environmental viability of the project to ensure we fully understand the footprint the development of such a port will have in the area.”

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Mr Tremaine said the final design for the project is dependent on a range of issues, including geotechnical conditions, environmental controls, finalising user agreements with customers, a wide range of approvals, and financing for the project.

Arup’s Adelaide office leader John Haese said:  “This project is significant for Arup, as it draws upon our multiple skills and services to ensure a robust, high quality assessment is delivered. Our early involvement will enable Arup to fully comprehend the issues as they emerge and to influence positive outcomes.”

Arup will report back with a preliminary report by 31 March 2012.

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