$100 mil­lion jetty pro­posal

Broome Advertiser - - Front Page - Glenn Cord­ing­ley

Com­mu­nity lead­ers and busi­nesses have wel­comed a pro­posal from a pri­vate de­vel­oper for a $100 mil­lion float­ing wharf ser­vic­ing the oil and gas in­dus­try and cruise ships at the Port of Broome.

Kimberley Ports Au­thor­ity has reached a non-bind­ing agree­ment with An­drew Natta’s WAowned Kimberley Ma­rine Sup­port Base Pty Ltd to de­velop a busi­ness case.

The length of the jetty has not been de­cided but it is un­der­stood it would be more than twice as wide as the ex­ist­ing steel and con­crete wharf, en­abling semi­trail­ers and large trucks to pass in op­po­site di­rec­tions at the same time when load­ing and un­load­ing cargo.

The pro­posal also pro­vides a po­ten­tial so­lu­tion for cruise ships want­ing to ac­cess Broome dur­ing ex­treme lo­cal tides, in­clud­ing some smaller ves­sels cur­rently un­able to trans­fer pas­sen­gers.

New heavy lift­ing equip­ment would also ex­pand the cur­rent ca­pac­ity of the port to han­dle the full range of oil and gas equip­ment.

The lead in­vestor with KMSB has de­vel­oped an ex­ist­ing in­dus­trial ma­rine sup­port base within the Port of Ash­bur­ton in the Pil­bara. The com­pany be­lieves the Broome project would cre­ate 250 con­struc­tion jobs and up to 450 op­er­a­tional jobs, in ad­di­tion to ex­ist­ing jobs and ser­vices at the port.

Shire of Broome pres­i­dent Harold Tracey said he was en­cour­aged be­cause the pro­posal would be privately funded.

“Out of all the plans and con­cepts we have seen in the past two decades, this is the one that is not re­ly­ing on any govern­ment fund­ing as it is privately funded,” he said. Broome Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try pres­i­dent Peter Tay­lor de­scribed it as a “trans­for­ma­tional” de­vel­op­ment. “This un­locks the door for trade to Asia and the world,” he said.

KPA chief ex­ec­u­tive Kevin Schel­lack said KMSB would have un­til early in 2019 to build the busi­ness case for re­view by KPA and the State Govern­ment.

If vi­able, KPA would then en­ter into a lease with the com­pany and ap­provals would be sought to de­velop the land and seabed re­quired for the project.

The KPA would work with the De­part­ment of Trans­port and the De­part­ment of Jobs, Tourism, Sci­ence and In­no­va­tion to de­velop the strate­gic ben­e­fits of the pro­posal with KMSB.

An artist’s im­pres­sion of the $100 mil­lion float­ing jetty.

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