According to the Corps, the Final Environmental Impact Statement will be released in December, once lingering issues relating to the access road, state permits and environmental concerns are addressed. Construction of the facility, which includes 3,510 ft of berthing space, is expected to take five to six years. The first major project, for site preparation and stabilisation, is expected to be advertised early next year.
Meanwhile, the South Carolina State Ports Authority Board has awarded a contract for soils analysis work that will lead to a new terminal on the Savannah River in Jasper County. The contract includes both field work and engineering recommendations.
The project site includes a 1,059-acre proposed terminal area, a 158-acre transportation corridor along existing containment dikes and a 646-acre potential borrow area. The area includes active disposal areas for dredging material as well as tidal marshes and high ground. The areas to be developed must be stabilised, raised in elevation and prepared for construction of a wharf, container yard, buildings, utilities and roads.