Geotechnical Engineering – Gascoyne Gateway Project


Exmouth, Western Australia


Gascoyne Gateway Ltd


+61 8 6375 9100

Gascoyne Gateway Ltd has engaged BG&E Resources (BGER) to provide geotechnical engineering services to inform a Definitive Feasibility Study and support a dredging characterisation package for the Gascoyne Gateway Project.

Referred to as Australia’s first ‘green’ port facility, the Gascoyne Gateway Project focuses on building and operating a new single jetty deep-water port facility and renewables hub, located 10 km south of Exmouth township in Western Australia. The rockfill causeway is approximately one km long and contains a tug harbour and five berths at the wharf, where the seabed elevation is about -8 m Chart Datum (CD).

The port facility aims to provide the existing marine traffic of Exmouth Gulf a better place to berth, including tourist vessels, and enable the Royal Australian Navy to bring its vessels to the town. To achieve this, a small amount of dredging is required, which is anticipated to be brought ashore to help construct the jetty.

BGER has built on the existing geophysical data, integrated other existing site investigation information (onshore/nearshore), and developed a user-friendly geological model to support the dredging proposal.

About the Project

Gascoyne Gateway proposes to privately fund, build and operate a new single-jetty deep-water port facility and renewables hub, south of Exmouth. The company is actively partnering with the Exmouth community on design, environment, community aspirations and local jobs, to ensure residents can genuinely influence project outcomes.

The project is set to create new jobs in a diverse range of regional industries, beyond Exmouth township and create jobs in industries as diverse as agriculture, renewable energy, water and logistics.

Once completed, the port facility will be immediately viable and deliver a net environmental benefit by introducing better regulation to existing marine traffic in the Gulf.

Construction is expected to commence in 2024, and the port will begin operating in 2026.

About our Geotechnical Capabilities

Our Geotechnical team has considerable expertise in developing high-quality engineering geological models in complex ground for both onshore and nearshore facilities. Our integrated models allow key geohazards and gaps to be identified, and associated risk ranked to minimise any significant impact on the project and establish development opportunities to support construction. BG&E Resources is currently engaged in other major port upgrade projects including the Mid West Ports Authority’s Geraldton Port Maximisation and the Roy Hill Stanley Point Berth 3 (Port Hedland).

Want to Know More?

Contact: Stephen Kariuki
Lead Geotechnical Engineer, BG&E Resources
Ph:       +61 8 6375 9162

Image: Courtesy of Gascoyne Gateway Ltd

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