A new greenfield Port West in the State of Gujarat would offer a deep water port for North West India. The Rotterdam Port Authority cooperated with an Indian partner in the study and investigations to develop this new port. An inventory has been made of all available data, study and survey results, while missing data had been identified and additional information collected. The additional information concerned market developments and demand, hinterland connections (road and rail) and environmental conditions.
Market analyses has been performed in particular for coal and containerised cargoes, resulting in a cargo forecast. On basis of the forecast, preliminary masterplan alternatives have been made. Dredging and reclamation works, quay construction, terminal lay out, terminal superstructure, equipment, institutional and organisation aspects were studied and preliminary cost estimates made. Hinterland connections and environmental conditions have been important elements of investigations in this phase. An outline financial model was prepared, while project risks were determined.
The outcome of the first phase of the project is a first assessment of the above subjects and provides an indication of the attractiveness and drawbacks of the development of a new port at this site.