Initial studies dating back to the late 1980s

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Unformatted text preview: or export. Initial studies, dating back to the late 1980s, considered alternative sites for the port, as well as various port concepts. QMM, in cooperation with the Madagascar Government and the World Bank, developed a legal and fiscal framework for the project that includes a sheltered, multi-user, deep-water port facility. The US$145 million port will meet QMM’s requirements (initial ilmenite production of 750,000 tonnes/year, with potential expansion to two million tonnes/year), but will also provide facilities for the import/export of other commodities by third party users. Over time, it is expected that the port will make an important contribution to the economic development of the entire region. 1 Baird & Associates, Suite 500, 1145 Hunt Club Rd. Ottawa ON Canada K1V 0Y3 1 2 Consideration of numerous factors led to the selection of Pointe Ehoala, at the south end of Fausse Baie des Galions, as the site of the new port. The site location is presented in Figure 1. Figure 1. Site Location – Fausse Baie des Galions Baird & Associates (Baird) was retained by QMM to undertake the planning and design of the port, and to oversee its construction. The port layout was developed based on a thorough assessment of functional requirements, as well as detailed investigations and analyses of the site and environmental conditions. A schematic overview of the port layout is presented in Figure 2. Figure 2. Schematic Overview - Port d’Ehoala The key features of the project include the following: • 600 m long breakwater extending into 15 m water depth; • Multiuse quay, including 275 m long primary berth for bulk carriers up to 60,000 DWT and 150 m long secondary berth for third party users; • 783,000 m3 of dredging for harbour basin and entrance channel; • 34.5 hectares of land reclamation; • Groyne to limit sedimentation in the dredged area; • Landside port facilities (cargo handling and storage) and infrastructure. 3 SITE CONDITIONS As shown in Figure 1, the project site is located at the south end of Fausse Baie des Galions, a large bay anchored by Cape Ranavalona to the southwest and Cape Antsirabé to the northeast (where th...
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