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Deep water site back on Rotterdam market

A minimum 45 hectare termi- nal site of the highest calibre has suddenly come on the market in the Port of Rotter- dam. The area, at the westernmost tip of the Europoort area, is closer to the sea than any other existing or future Rotterdam terminal and has the deepest water. It has become available

because the planned LNG ter- minal has fallen through. 4Gas has returned the 50-year con- cession for 25 hectares of land plus a 20 hectare safe port ba- sin, after failing to secure suf- ficient customer backing for its planned Liongas terminal. No works have yet been started yet, so the “square” estate is intact. Rotterdam port authority

has initiated a new study, which it plans to complete before this summer into the site’s future development. The port says the site has already attracted “widespread inter- est” once it was known that the LNG project had fallen through. No preferences have been stated by the port, but containers are unlikely to get much support. The site is somewhat iso-

lated from the massive con- tainer complexes on the Maasvlakte, while container terminals are already planned at the second Maasvlakte

More new ports for Western Australia

Western Australia’s govern- ment has identified Anketell, 30km east of Karratha and 10km from Cape Lambert, as the next major deepwater iron ore port for the Pilbara. The multi-user deepwater

port and industrial precinct will complement Port Hedland and Dampier and will have an ultimate capac- ity of 350 mtpa. The precinct’s industrial

Aerial photo of the site looking west. The lighter rectangular patch is deposited sand. (Photo: Aeroview)

(M2), currently being re- claimed from the sea. Further- more, berth space and acreage are sub-optimal for containers. Bulk transhipment or in-

dustry would be more likely, taking into account the fact that the port authority had al- ready re-earmarked future M2 space back from containers to petrochemical or tank storage use, in response to increased demand from these sectors. The shortage of large deep

water lots has been such that the port has already reclaimed a 48ha estate from the Mississippi dock, the Hartel- haven opposite the EMO dry bulk terminal. The Europoort site advances the opportunity to accommodate a chemical

Hancock takes its own line

A two-berth terminal at Port Headland’s Inner Harbour and its own rail line from mine to port distinguish the plans of yet another fledgling Pilbara iron ore producer, Hancock Prospecting. Hancock is owned by Aus-

tralia’s richest woman, Gina Rinehart, daughter of one of the discoverers of the Pilbara iron ore riches, and expects to be making first shipments from its Roy Hill project by the end of 2013. Roy Hill, located near

Fortescue Metals' Christmas Creek mine and about 260km south of Port Hedland, has a 2.4 bt resource, of which about 1 bt has grades of 55% iron or higher. Hancock has agreements

with South Korea’s Posco and STX whereby they can take a

15% stake in the Aus$7.2B project if they fund the bank- able feasibility study and pay for dredging of Port Hedland’s inner harbour. Company representa-

tives told a recent industry conference in Perth that non-binding offtake deals with customers already ac- count for 80% of Roy Hill’s proposed start-up capacity of 55 mtpa. Another company divi-

sion, Hancock Coal, is re- ported to be preparing to spend Aus$2.2B on the Al- pha Coal and Kevin’s Cor- ner projects in central Queensland’s Galilee Ba- sin. Included would be 495km of standard gauge railway from each of the 30 mtpa mines to Abbot Point Coal Terminal near Bowen.

plant or tank farm at least four years ahead of what is possible at M2. Rotterdam is known to

covet Antwerp’s leading posi- tion as a chemicals port, but if someone comes up with an- other LNG terminal or a biomass plant, the port will listen. The site, which can be ex-

tended to 50ha, is immediately west of ThyssenKrupp’s EECV ore and coal terminal, where the world’s biggest bulkers are regular callers. The water on either side has a tide-independent depth of 24m (Beer Canal, Caland Canal).

area will offer more than 1,400 hectares and include a transport and services corri- dor, developed to accommo- date a range of users and dif- ferent mineral commodi- ties. The port would have a cap placed on it in future to ensure the viability of exist- ing ports and will be built by a private proponent under an agreement with the State Government. Three significant iron ore

projects are potential founda- tion investors in the new pre- cinct:  API Management for its 30- 40 mtpa West Pilbara Iron Ore Project;  Fortescue Metals Group Ltd for its 30-60 mtpa Solomon Project; and China Metallurgical Group Corporation for its 15 mtpa Cape Lambert Iron Ore Project. “The Government will

work with these companies, or an infrastructure provider to develop the project, with plans to commence operations by 2015,” WA Premier Colin Barnett said. “The strength of WA’s iron

ore exports and the growth plans of current users are test- ing the capacity of the exist- ing Pilbara ports. “In 2008-09 the Pilbara ex-

ported more than 326 mt of bulk commodities, mainly iron ore. This is forecast to reach more than 530 mtpa by 2015 and as much as 750 mtpa by 2020. “The Anketell port and in-

dustrial precinct will provide opportunities for new exports and processing of iron ore and other minerals,” Barnett said. The Government will

spend Aus$3.5M during the next three years to plan and prepare an Industrial Pre- cinct Development Agree- ment for the project includ- ing commercial, legal and engineering advice to nego- tiate the agreement. The Department of State

Development will lead negotiations on behalf of the Government, Dampier Port Authority will manage the new port and infrastructure corridors and LandCorp will develop the industrial precinct.

Mobile harbour cranes Engine legislation Enclosed belts


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DUST CONTROL Suppression solutions 16

SAMPLING & INSPECTION Getting the measure




Cherbourg to diversify 2 Transnet lays out vision 3 B&W for Gleadell


Ehoala boosts Malagasy 5 Post-Panamax access 20


China's coal hunger


Inadequate transportation 8 CARGO HANDLING

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