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Major Sydney container port expansion

Sydney: One of the largest port projects to be undertaken in Australia in the last 30 years will see major infrastructure expansions at Sydney's Port Botany designed to meet forecast trade increases.

The port facility handles in excess of  1.5m containers annually with international container volumes at Port Botany growing at close to 7 per cent per annum. The port's volume, estimated to be worth $US50m is expected to double in the next 20 years.

The expansion project comprises a new container terminal to extend the current 6 container terminal berth facility with two stevedores servicing trade, by providing 1850 metres of extra berth length (5 berths) This will involve reclamation of over 150 acres of land, extensive dredging, dedicated road and rail access and community facilities.

The project is located on the north-eastern edge of Botany Bay, approximately 12 km south of Sydney's CBD. The site is situated between the existing container terminals at Brotherson Dock and the Parallel Runway at Sydney Airport. The container terminal extension will  be accompanied by reclamation works aimed to create a tug and support vessel berth facility.

In addition to the works associated with the provision of the new container terminal, Sydney Ports will undertake a comprehensive series of public amenity and foreshore enhancement projects adjacent to the new terminal development, including a new public boat ramp and car park with direct access to Foreshore Road and ecological habitat enhancement works.

All tenders for the necessary stages have now closed and contracts awarded. It is envisated that the new terminal berths will be commissioned by mid 2011.  [28/10/08]

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