The overall initiative, known as the Bina Harbour Tuna Processing Plant Project, is being developed by the Solomon Islands Government in partnership with the private sector.
Funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), the feasibility study requires SMEC to assess the viability of water sources, transmission and treatment for the Bina Harbour Tuna Processing Plant Project, including the surrounding villages, and the facility’s sanitation and wastewater treatment and disposal requirements. SMEC’s services include demand forecasts for water supply and sewerage assessments, water supply options assessment, sanitation assessment, power supply requirements, economic and financial analyses, and environmental and social safeguards assessment.
The planned Bina Harbour Tuna Processing Plant Project is expected to create thousands of jobs, generate foreign direct investments and help provide economic security for the Solomon Islands. Technical design work on the project is expected to continue for the next 12 months, at which point the Solomons Government should be in a position to start thinking about choosing an investor.
“We are excited for this opportunity to contribute to this important project, which if shown to be feasible will have a big impact on the economy and people of the Solomon Islands,” said Norman Walker, SMEC’s ASEAN Urban Water Sector Manager. “We will leverage the proven capability of our team of international experts and SMEC’s experience in undertaking water supply and wastewater projects in the region to be able to deliver a detailed feasibility study to the client.”
SMEC has built strong relationships with clients and other stakeholders in the Solomon Islands since it started operating locally in 1977 and has delivered a number of projects in the water and environment, transport infrastructure, energy, urban and social development, education and governance and government advisory sectors. SMEC is currently working with Solomon Water on another project, the detailed engineering design of the Urban Water Supply and Sanitation Sector Project – Phase 2.
Map showing Bina Harbour survey areas.
On 25 March 2023, Chief Minister of Assam, Mr Himanta Biswa Sarma and Singapore’s High Commissioner to India, Mr Simon Wong, jointly inaugurated the first SMEC office in Guwahati.
It was an excellent evening at The Eveleigh in Sydney on Thursday, 23 March, where industry professionals came together to celebrate the best in the business at the Consult Australia Awards for Excellence Gala Dinner.
This month SMEC mobilised a multi-disciplinary team to commence supervision of the rehabilitation and upgrading of buildings, runway and ancillary services of Shinyanga regional airport in northern Tanzania. The airport runway is predominantly gravel and grass measuring 2 km long and 30 m wide.
Together with the Shahid Afridi Foundation, we were motivated to enhance and improve the quality of life for the residence of Lora Miana, Mulagori. The newly built filtration plant will encourage the community to adopt healthy habits, provide safe drinking water, and protect the more vulnerable from the risks of water-related hazards.