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Preliminary EA for Ship-to-Ship Transfers of Iron Ore and Coal near the River Plate

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Client: Rio Tinto Brazil
Date: 2007
Location: Uruguay

Rio Tinto Brazil (RTB) is evaluating a ship to ship (STS) transfer operation of iron ore and coal at designated STS zones on the south-east coast of Uruguay. The operation will also include the associated shipping activities which will supply the STS operation; this comprises feeder vessels leaving the quayside, transiting River Plate and coastal waters whilst shuttling to and from an inland terminal some 300 km to the west and vessel approach and manoeuvring within the STS Zone. RTB wishes to undertake voluntary environmental assessment (EA) studies to identify potential key impacts and as part of the overall assessment of the viability of this proposal.

Aquatera were appointed by RTB to lead and manage the project which has involved strong collaboration with local environmental company, GEA Consultores in Uruguay. The 5 main stages for this project were:

  • Project definition and description
  • Scoping document production
  • Data gathering (baseline studies and existing information)
  • Screening of interactions
  • Preparation of a preliminary assessment report

The final production of a preliminary environmental assessment report allowed RTB to make an early business decision based on focussed environmental information, and also provided a scope of work for subsequent detailed assessment, management and mitigation of the potential environmental interactions of the proposal.



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