BMT concludes pre-feasibility study for new port on Borneo’s west coast

  • Study at possible Greenfield site in West Kalimantan, Indonesia, completed on behalf of Pelindo II

BMT Asia Pacific (BMT) has this week completed a pre-feasibility study on behalf of Indonesian state-owned port operator Indonesian Port Corporation II (Pelindo II) for a possible Greenfield site on the west coast of Borneo, Indonesia.

The proposed Port of Kijing in West Kalimantan will complement the current river port at Pontianak and a local network of coastal and river terminals connecting the region with the principal intra-Asian shipping network.

Plans for the multi-purpose deep water facility include a dedicated container terminal capable of handling three million TEU per annum, as well as dry bulk and liquid bulk handling facilities, with annual capacities of 15 million and 20 million tonnes respectively.

“While the rest of the world is still feeling the effects of the global financial crisis, Indonesia is one of the fastest growing economies in Asia,” said Johnny Tjea, president director of BMT Asia Pacific Indonesia.

“As such, the Government recognises that investment in port infrastructure is a key ingredient to drive economic growth and enhance supply chain efficiencies in Indonesia.”

“We are excited to be working with IPC II again and playing an integral role in an important, strategic project.”

The three-month study saw a number of experts from BMT’s offices in Hong Kong, Singapore and Indonesia come together to provide both economic and technical expertise, to determine the viability of the port on the island of Borneo – the world’s third largest island.

BMT specialists carried out extensive analysis and research on areas including: hinterland market assessment, throughput forecasting, technical review for port suitability, various conceptual layout design exercises and financial viability assessments.

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