Sinclair Knight Merz (SKM) and management consultancy Evans & Peck have been contracted to carry out a pre-feasibility study for a multi-user iron ore export facility at Port Hedland, Western Australia.
The study was awarded by the North West Iron Ore Alliance (NWIOA), a consortium of Atlas Iron, BC Iron, Brockman Resources and FerrAus.
The alliance formed in 2007 with an initial target of exporting up to 50 million tonnes per annum of Pilbara region iron ore from Port Hedland by 2013.
The NWIOA completed a scoping study in March, examining the development of two berths and associated stockyards and infrastructure at the Port’s inner harbour.
According to SKM, the study aims to identify the most viable and cost effective option for development of these new facilities and provide a development schedule.
The study is due for completion by early-December 2009.
SKM’s manager of mining and metals in WA Peter Hopwood said the company was delighted that both it and Evans & Peck had been chosen by the NWIOA.
“SKM has extensive experience in the development of iron ore projects in the Pilbara, having worked on major projects from study phases through to execution over the past 40 years,” he said.
“We have had a long history of developing export facilities at Port Hedland, Cape Lambert and Dampier Port for major clients and look forward to continuing our involvement in this important iron ore region.”
Evans & Peck principal and WA manager Magued Moftah said the consultancy was excited by the opportunity to team up with SKM to deliver the study.
“Evans & Peck has a substantial track record of providing studies and development support to Port Authorities and Government entities around Australia for similar projects,” he said.