Establishing a deepwater port in Kijing in West Kalimantan, Indonesia, will bolster the area’s connectivity with the principal intra-Asia network and propel Kalimantan’s development, according to a study conducted for state-owned port operator Indonesia Port Corporation II (IPC II).
A three-month study has been submitted by management consultancy BMT Asia Pacific to IPC II recommending the building of a multipurpose seaport in Kijing on the west coast of the island of Borneo.
Borneo is the world’s third largest island and Asia’s biggest, located at the geographic center of Southeast Asia.
The proposed port will complement the existing river port in Pontianak and a local network of coastal and river terminals. It will have a planned total capacity of up to 3 million twenty-foot-equivalent units, 15 million tonnes of bulk capacity, and over 20 million tonnes of liquid capacity per year.
“While the rest of the world is still feeling the effects of the global financial crisis, Indonesia is one of the fastest growing economies in Asia,” said Johnny Tjea, president director of BMT Asia Pacific Indonesia, in a prepared release. “As such, the government recognizes that investment in port infrastructure is a key ingredient to drive economic growth and enhance supply chain efficiencies in Indonesia.”
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