Projects

Dredging Monitoring or Advice

Project

Scope

Client

Environmental assistance to a major port authority

Monitored the ecological impacts of a large dredging project in Dampier Port, plus ongoing advice on management of spoil disposal grounds and dredging programs for new berths

Dampier Port Authority

Monitoring for management responses during dredging

Provided water quality and benthic monitoring continuously over three years for the Pluto Project in Dampier, including all studies and statutory reporting

Woodside Energy

Interpretation and reporting of monitoring data

Provided advice, analysis and reporting for environmental management of dredging operations for downstream works at the Wheatstone Project in the Pilbara Region

Dredging International

Field monitoring post dredging

Deployed field programs to support post development surveys for the Gorgon Project and environmental quality around Thevenard Island fields.

Chevron Australia

Sediment Contaminant Studies

Project

Scope

Client

Setting targets for closure

Investigated sediment and water contaminant levels within a mine pit flooded by seawater, prior to discharge to the ocean in the nearshore Kimberley

Aztec Resources

Investigating existing contaminant levels

Conducted investigation of potential tributyl tin contaminated areas around an historic area of high shipping use in Dampier Harbour

Pilbara Iron

Investigating existing contaminant levels

Conducted surveys of imposex amongst snail communities of the Dampier Port as an indicator of historic TBT contamination

Dampier Port Authority

Historical reviews of contamination potential

Conducted nearshore studies on the potential for seabed topography to enhance the potential for gypsum deposition in the nearshore north of Cape Cuvier

Dampier Salt

Baseline Benthic Studies

Project

Scope

Client

Quantifying benthic habitats on the continental shelf

Conducted an extensive habitat mapping and quantification program around a gas platform in 80 -120 m of water using a variety of remote camera and ROV techniques to identify and quantify marine benthic species.

Chevron Australia

Mapping sensitive habitats

Undertook the development of a habitat map to support environmental assessment of a development proposal around an island in the remote Kimberley Region of Western Australia

Aztec Resources

Developing full environmental baselines to support environmental approvals

Characterised the water quality and benthic environment of a 60 km section of Kimberley coastline in baseline studies for the assessment and management of the Browse LNG Project

Woodside Browse

Providing specialist technical support to characterise State of the Environment

Conducted the baseline and mid term state of the marine environment surveys for filter feeders, seagrass and macroalgae for the Wheatstone Project at Onslow and developed statistical tests of power to detect change

Chevron/Dredging International

Aquaculture Support

Project

Scope

Client

Lease applications and permitting

Created technical documents to support applications for a new lease and licence with underpinning technical justifications, and assisted in successfully gaining approval

Ocean Grown Abalone

Management and Environmental Monitoring Plans

Revised existing MEMPs, developed new MEMPs and assisted with the implementation of MEMPs, either by providing a full service, or by undertaking analysis and reporting of samples collected by industry staff.

Various clients

Nutrient budgets

Produced a nutrient budget showing the fluxes of nitrogen occurring naturally within a large south coast embayment and how these interacted with an abalone ranching operation.

Wylie Bay Abalone

Aquaculture for restoration of habitat

Conducted studies on enhancement of coral larval collection and settlement to accelerate colonisation of benthos within an area of new substrate.

Pilbara Iron

Marine Offsets

Project

Scope

Client

Planning and monitoring restored habitats

Developed and implemented a plan for construction and monitoring of an artificial reef and coral transplant project as an offset for unavoidable nearshore habitat loss in a harbour development in the Pilbara

Pilbara Iron

Returning land to the conservation estate

Negotiated a net biodiversity benefit program for return of a coastal ilmenite mine to conservation reserve in New Zealand

Rio Tinto

Technical programs to offset impacts

Examined the potential for non-dollar offsets, including reduction of fishing pressure on corals, for a major Pilbara dredging program

Woodside Energy

Mine Closures with marine implications

Project

Scope

Client

Closed mine divested to government

Closure of an ilmenite mine near the coast of New Zealand where divestment to the parks department was negotiated as a conservation reserve

Rio Tinto

Practical closure options for historic operations

Closure concepts were developed for a historic mine on an island in WA Kimberley area to reflect practical outcomes

Portman Mining

Closure concepts and target development

Detailed evaluation of marine impacts of closing a mine in the Kimberley nearshore where the pit meets the sea and data collection to identify appropriate closure targets

Cliffs NR

Internal governance for cost allocation

Reviewed the costing of closure plans and assumptions for port operations in various parts of Australia and New Zealand for a multinational client

Rio Tinto Technical Services

Oil and Gas Water Chemistry

Project

Scope

Client

Predicting the impacts of complex discharges

Developed approvals support documentation for discharge of pipeline test fluids for the Wheatstone Project– including ecotoxicity evaluation through WET testing and setting ALARP discharge conditions

Chevron Australia

Strategic monitoring and management plans for outfalls

Strategic monitoring and management plans for outfalls Developed the Permanent and Construction Onshore Facilities Waste Water Discharge Plans for the Wheatstone the works approval process - included developing a water quality management framework applicable for EV, EQO, EQC, and monitoring plans for validation reporting

Chevron Australia

Tactical monitoring and management plans for outfalls

Developed the Construction Onshore Facilities Waste Water - Operational Effluent/Discharge and Environmental Quality Monitoring and Management Plan for the Wheatstone Project for a Part V license application

Bechtel (WA)

Baseline water chemistry

Conducted a major baseline survey of water and sediment chemistry around a new processing platform examining over 380 analytes with standard and high sensitivity assays to allow future assessments of any impacts of production water or cooling water discharge in line with operation's EP.

Confidential Client

Permitting

Project

Scope

Client

Gaining approvals for sea dumping of spoil

Developed Sampling and Analysis Plans and subsequent sea dumping permit applications for both capital and maintenance dredging programs, plus approval for an artificial reef under the “Sea Dumping” Act

Pilbara Iron

Plans for implementation of approvals conditions

Developed and gained approval for a marine environmental monitoring and management plan to implement environmental conditions during construction and operation

Aztec Resources

Gaining approvals to dredge

Developed and implemented a sediment Sampling and Analysis Plan & successfully applied for a Sea Dumping Permit to extend wharf facilities

Dampier Port Authority

Gaining approvals to dredge

Developed and implemented a sediment Sampling and Analysis Plan & successfully applied for a Sea Dumping Permit to construct new load out facilities

Woodside Energy

Port Planning

Project

Scope

Client

Impacts assessments of new ports

Reviewed the potential environmental impacts of Greenfield port developments for bulk commodity ports in India and Mozambique

Rio Tinto Exploration

Environmental Management Frameworks

Developed a port environmental management framework/plan to complement an existing port development and operating plan in the Pilbara

Dampier Port Authority

Review of approvals and planning documents

Provided peer review and independent advice on environmental planning for the development and impact assessment of Port Hedland Outer Harbour

BHPBIO

Monitoring programs for Dampier Port

Linked an evaluation of construction versus operational impacts on port ecosystems to a long term monitoring program of benthos within a high use port area in the Pilbara

Pilbara Iron