Oakajee Port & Rail (OPR) submitted a draft bankable feasibility study (BFS) to the Western Australian Government on March 30, 2010, regarding its proposed 546km rail line and 45 million tonne/year port facility at Oakajee, Western Australia.
The draft BFS indicated that the Oakajee Project is both technically and operationally feasible, paving the way for a commercial feasibility study to be completed later this year. The draft BFS will allow:
• OPR to engage more fully with the WA State Government and potential foundation customers in order to finalize the initial configuration of the supply chain in the second half of this year; and
• The WA State and Australian Federal Governments to undertake due diligence in relation to their funding commitments.
The draft BFS will also allow OPR and the governments to advance discussions with potential financiers and to assist in determining early long lead procurement strategies.
The Oakajee Project is a proposed new open access deepwater port and a rail system aimed at transporting iron ore from mines across the Mid-West region of WA to international export markets.
The project will provide opportunities for international suppliers and businesses to participate in and benefit from the infrastructure development. OPR’s customers and their associates have been invited to participate in the construction, operation and financing of the project. To date, total project costs are estimated to be about Aus$4.373 billion comprising Aus$2.227 billion relating to the rail; Aus$1.743 billion relating to the port, including about Aus$800 million for the marine works and Aus$800 million for land-based materials handling and port related rail works; and a contingency of Aus$403 million.
The WA State and Australian Federal Governments have committed a total of Aus$678 million towards the construction of the common user port infrastructure. This infrastructure will be government-owned and port users will be charged for its use on a commercial basis.
The Oakajee Project will include construction of a port at Oakajee, 25km north of Geraldton in WA, linked to regional mines by about 570km of rail, and initially will be comprised of:
• A deepwater port with two cape-sized berths and a start-up handling capacity of 45mtpa (more than 380 cape size ships per year), comprising a Pilbara-style car dumper, stacker, reclaimer, conveyors, stockpiles and 10,000 tonne/hour ship loader; and
• Rail infrastructure consisting of a 546km standard gauge, heavy haul rail line extending from the Jack Hills Iron Ore Project (a JV between Mitsubishi Development and Murchison Metals) and rail spurs connecting foundation customers to the line to allow operations up to 80-100mtpa (more than 4000 trains per year) with single track and passing loops, and system and train control in Oakajee.
Due to the higher than expected demand from potential customers, OPR recently announced an increase in the planned initial port capacity from 35mtpa to 45mtpa, with the potential to expand as demand for capacity increases.
The rail network will integrate effectively with existing and future rail infrastructures. A 4km wide rail feasibility corridor has been defined with a final operational rail corridor of 80 to 100 metres wide, likely to be located within the feasibility corridor.
To date, more than Aus$70million has been invested on the Oakajee Project, with feasibility costs contributing to the majority of expenditure.
Current key operational activities include port modelling, drilling investigations over the port dredge area, train performance simulation and system modelling and environmental studies and plans.
During the balance of 2010, OPR is expected to focus on finalizing supply chain agreements with mines (for access to the port and railway) and the completion of feasibility studies. OPR is also expected to develop a port configuration.
Completing the more detailed capacity studies and finalizing the project parameters is dependent on the mines finalizing their projects’ feasibilities. OPR anticipates financial close and construction of the OPR Project to begin by early 2011. Commercial operations are expected to begin in late 2013 or early 2014.

43亿澳元的Oakajee港口及铁路基础设施项目
2010年3月30日,Oakajee港口及铁路控股有限公司(下称OPR)就其策划的Oakajee (又译:欧克基)港口及铁路基础设施项目(下称Oakajee项目)向西澳政府递交了初步项目可行性研究方案(下称BFS初步方案)。该项目拟在西澳州建设一个年运能达 4500吨的港口和长达546公里的铁路。该BFS初步方案的结论是Oakajee项目在技术上和运作上皆是可行的,并为下半年其商业可行性研究铺平了道路,打好了基础。这份方案可以促成如下进展:
• OPR得以更充分的与州政府以及潜在基础客户接洽,以在今年下半年最终确定供应 链的 初始设置;
• 西澳州州政府和澳大利亚联邦政府能够就其经费资助承诺进行相关的调查。
此外,该BFS初步方案还将推进OPR和政府与各个潜在金融机构及个人的谈判,有助于早日就长期采购策略作出决定。
Oakajee项目旨在建设一个新的开放式深水港口及铁路系统以将西澳大利亚州中西部地区的铁矿石运输至其他出口市场。
OPR将为国际性供应商和其他企业提供参与并从中获益的机会。OPR的客户及其合伙伴也被邀请参与该工程项目的建设、运营及融资。截至目前,整个项目成本预计约为 43.73亿澳元,其中包括:
• 22.27亿澳元的铁路建设,
• 17.43亿澳元的港口建设,其中包括大约8亿澳元的海事工程以及8亿澳元的以陆地为 基础的材料运输及与港口相关的铁路建设,以及
• 4.03亿澳元的应急资金。
澳洲联邦政府及西澳州政府已承诺为公用港口基础设施建设提供6.78亿澳元。该设施将属政府所有,并对港口用户就其使用按商业标准收费。
Oakajee项目将包括建设一个位于西澳州Geraldton北部25公里的港口,并通过大约 570公里的重载铁路线与该地区各个矿区相连接,起初将具体包括以下几个部分:
• 建有一个具有两个好望角型码头,初始承载能力为每年4500万吨的深水港(每年运 行好望角型干货船达380艘以上),港口设有Pilbara形式的翻车机、堆垛机、堆场装 载运输 机、传送机、货堆以及每小时10,000吨处理能力的装船机;以及
• 修建一条546公里长的标准轨距重载铁路,从Jack Hills项目区域(三菱集团三菱发 展 控股有限公司 [Mitsubishi Development Pty Ltd] 与Murchison Metals 有限公司 的合资 项目)一直延伸至Oakajee港口,并带有铁路调车线让基础客户与该线接 驳。该铁路网络拥有单轨和错车环道,其运输能力为每年 8000 万到1亿吨(每年承 运4000多车次),操作系统和控制台将位于Oakajee。
由于潜在客户需求超出最初预算,OPR最近宣布将Oakajee港口初始承载量从每年的 3500万吨提高到4500万吨,并可根据基础客户的需求进一步提高其承载能力。
该项目的铁路网络将有效的利用目前现有的铁路设施,来进行将来的扩展。一条4公里宽的铁路可行性通道已经被确定,并且有关工作正在进行以确定具体的线路。最终80到100米宽的运行铁路通道将可能位于该可行性通道范围内。
目前,7000多万澳元已经投入Oakajee项目的开发--- 该费用主要为可行性研究的成 本。 当前主要的运作包括港口模型设计、港口疏浚区的钻探调查、列车运行性能模拟及系统模型设计, 以及环境研究和计划。 OPR在2010年将致力于与各矿主达成供应链协议(关于港口和铁路的准入及使用)并完成最终可行性研究。预计OPR将设计港口构造。更详细的运能研究及项目规格将取决于各矿完成其项目可行性研究的进度。
OPR预计在2011年初完成融资并开始进行建设。商业运营预计在2013年底或2014年初开始。

 

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