Plans to build Australia’s first ‘green’ port are underway.
Gascoyne Gateway’s proposed greenfield single jetty deepwater port will be built in Exmouth, Western Australia and is due to be the first port in the country to incorporate environmental regeneration initiatives into its design and operation.
These initiatives include better marine management for larger vessels; reducing long haul trucks and road freight emissions; reducing shipping emissions; a solar farm and battery storage to power the jetty; and providing desalinated water using renewable energy.
Gascoyne Gateway said on its website: “As Australia’s first ‘green’ port, Gascoyne Gateway is committed to environmental management that regenerates and protects the area.”
The company intends to privately fund, build and operate the port, proposed to provide the Exmouth Gulf’s existing marine traffic with a better place to berth and expected to introduce better regulation to existing marine traffic in the Gulf for vessel efficiency and minimised emissions
The project is set to create jobs in industries as diverse as agriculture, renewable energy, water and logistics.
Currently, the Gascoyne Gateway project is in the first phase of development, with community consultation underway. The planning and approvals phase of the project is predicted to take three years.
Construction is expected to commence in mid-2023, with the port due to begin operating in early 2025.