Mitsubishi Corporation and its project partners were looking for an appropriate site to build a GAP-LNG plant to process the gas reserves sourced from the Highlands in the Western Province. One of the possibilities was reclamation (130 ha) east of Daru Island, which was investigated jointly with SDP (Sustainable Development Project), Port Moresby, Papua New Guinnea.
Extensive studies for a deep water port were carried out in the past. The latest geotechnical survey took place in 2011 - 2013. Technical assistance by BPA concerned the civil engineering aspects of the site selection, in particular the dredging related items.
The services provided are:
Screening of existing data, for all the potential site along the coast of PNG
Assistance in the port masterplanning at Daru, being proposed as a staged development plan by SDP
Active participation in the geotechnical, geophysical and bathymetric survey around Daru and Bristow Island
Assessment of the capital and maintenance dredging aspects of the proposed sites
Regular workshops with the partners in Brisbane and Tokyo to assess the collected data and discuss the way forward w.r.t. the potential sites and their development