Recent inclement weather will delay by three months the final expansion phase of works on the Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal (DBCT), according to the project developer Babcock & Brown Infrastructure.
While 45% by cost of the Phase 2/3 expansion project is anticipated for completion by December 2008 and will increase DBCT’s capacity to 72Mtpa, the balance of the project will not be completed until March 2009 and will increase DBCT’s capacity to 85Mtpa.
BBI CEO Jeff Kendrew said while there was the potential to have completed the whole Phase 2/3 expansion project by the original completion date, to do so would have resulted in additional costs and risk to stakeholders.
“We held discussions with all stakeholders and were all collectively of the view that spending additional costs in excess of the original budget to complete the entire Phase 2/3 expansion by December 2008 was economically unjustified,” he said.
“Under the revised approach DBCT will be able to process 72Mtpa by the end of this calendar year and 85Mtpa by the end of the 1st quarter of the 2009 calendar year. This will enable us to meet our customer requirements during this summer as well as into the future.”
The Phase 2/3 expansion at DBCT comprises the construction of a 4th berth, stockyard machines, an additional stockpile row and a third outloading system and was targeted to be completed by December 2008.