Barge Loading Pre-Feasibility Study in the Carnarvon Region  

The Gascoyne region is strategically placed to support new mineral, resource and renewable energy projects.  A significant barrier identified is the lack of access to reliable, cost-effective marine infrastructure to facilitate the movement of goods into and out of the region. 

In response to growing industry demand for port infrastructure close to Carnarvon, the Gascoyne Development Commission (GDC) has secured state government funding of $300,000 to undertake a pre-feasibility study into supply chain capability.    

GDC are working with industry to explore opportunities for a barge loading facility to service the region.  A pre-feasibility study will examine the potential for future private sector demand and financial and economic viability, progressing long term plans for commercial marine infrastructure in Carnarvon. If the facility proves viable the study will pave the way for future private investment. 

The specific project objectives include: 

  • identify the market requirements;  
  • identify suitable sites for a facility;  
  • identify high level costs for a series of options for the development of a facility; 
  • pathways for delivery; 
  • regulatory approvals pathways; 
  • stakeholder engagement; 
  • economic and financial analysis.  

Following a competitive tender process, ACIL Allen has been selected as the consultant to undertake industry engagement and economic analysis.  It is anticipated the findings to be released  during the first half of 2023.  



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