NSW Ports

Port Botany Expansion

Port Botany underwent a major expansion of its container port facilities to cater for long term trade growth. The expansion was one of the largest port projects ever to be undertaken in Australia in the last 30 years.

The following projects have now been completed:

The Port Botany Expansion Project has the following features:

  • 1,850 metres of additional wharf face for five extra shipping berths
  • 60 hectares of reclaimed terminal land
  • deep water berths with depths of up to 16.5 metres
  • dredging of approximately 7.8 million cubic metres of fill material to create shipping channels and berth boxes
  • dedicated road access to the new terminal area
  • additional rail sidings to provide rail access to the new terminal area
  • additional tug berths and facilities
  • rehabilitation and expansion of Penrhyn Estuary to create a secure estuarine environment
  • community facilities including boat ramp, look outs, pathways. 

For any other questions related to the Port Botany Expansion project or any issues around the Port, please contact our Switch during Business Hours on 1300 922 524 or after hours on 1800 177 722.

Project History

Port Botany Expansion updates:

  • On 17 June 2011, Baulderstone – Jan de Nul formally completed the dredging and reclamation works associated with 5 new shipping berths, 63ha of land, as well as community and environmental works. 
  • On 1 August 2011, approximately 45ha of the Port Botany expansion area was handed over to the lessee, Sydney International Container Terminal Pty. Limited (SICTL), for the fit-out as a container terminal, including pavements, buildings, portainer cranes, yard equipment etc. Construction contractors Laing O’Rourke were engaged to provide these works, which are expected to be completed in late 2013.
  • In May 2012, the remaining 18 hectares, known as “The Knuckle” was leased to existing terminal operator Patrick Stevedores.
  • As part of the Port Botany Expansion project, Sydney Ports replaced the current pedestrian crossing of the rail line at Banksia Street, Botany with an elevated pedestrian bridge. Work commenced in July 2011 and the bridge opened in July 2012.
  • Works associated with the grade separation (eliminates a rail level crossing) on Penrhyn Road, commenced in October 2010 with project completed in late September 2012.
  • In May 2012, the Port Botany Expansion project won a prestigious Australian Construction Achievement Award. Link to the media release relating to this is available on the Sydney Ports Corporation website Australian Construction Achievement Award
  • In May 2013, NSW Ports became the land manager for Port Botany under a 99 year lease, taking over from the previous Sydney Ports Corporation.

Grade Separation Works

As part of the Port Botany Expansion project, an elevated road network in Penrhyn Road was constructed to eliminate the existing level road and rail crossing, which has been constraining truck access to Brotherson Dock for many years.

The works, referred to as the ‘Grade Separation Works’, consisted of eight major elements, including a large elevated round-about, three access ramps and four bridge spans linking the ramps to the round-about.

Works commenced in early 2011. Construction of the round-about section started in November 2011 and culminated in March 2012 with one of Australia’s biggest elevated concrete pours. This vital part of the Port Botany Expansion project has now taken its final shape - a giant 6,500-tonne roundabout, suspended over the freight railway lines servicing Patricks and Sydney International Container Terminals Pty. Limited.

The Grade Separation was opened to incoming traffic on 25 September 2012 and on the following day, was also opened to outgoing traffic.

On 19 November 2012, upon completion of the Caltex entry/exit ramps – the last structure to be completed, the elevated roundabout was officially opened by Roads and Ports Minister Duncan Gay, MLC during a ceremony at the site.

The project was completed without any major impact on the local environment, passing a series of environmental audits as it progressed. It also exceeded all compliance requirements and gained unqualified endorsement for its environmental management activities.
The works associated with grade separation were also completed with zero Lost Time Injuries (LTI’s) – a significant achievement for a project of this magnitude.

For time-lapse footage of the installation of the first bridge span across the rail corridor into the Patrick Terminal, which took place on 19 and 20 December, 2011, please refer to the Sydney Ports Corporation website.

Planning Approvals

Approval for the expansion was granted on 13 October 2005, based on the Environmental Impact Statement submitted by Sydney Ports Corporation in 2003.

Please note that all the above links are documents pertaining to Sydney Ports Corporation. They are on the NSW Port website as information only.

Environmental Management Plans

The project has over 100 development conditions. Many of these ensure that environmental considerations are recognised, managed and monitored. NSW Ports will continue under the current planning, environmental and management plans. Construction activities will be managed to ensure environment protection through a Construction Framework Environmental Management Plan (CFEMP). The CFEMP outlines how environmental management will be undertaken during construction and contains all necessary environmental management system requirements. 

In preparing the CFEMP the following items are covered:

  • Structure of all environmental documents
  • Project environmental management policy
  • Environmental objectives and targets
  • Summary of construction activities
  • Legal, contract & standard requirements
  • Environmental organisational structure
  • Communication and consultation
  • Environmental training
  • Environmental monitoring, audits & inspections
  • Environmental management review
  • Corrective and preventative action
  • Environmental Reporting.

Monitoring and Review

The CFEMP addresses a number of specific issues and a monitoring programme has been developed covering water quality, noise, dust, eroson and sedimentation, seagrass, saltmarsh and mangroves and shorebirds. For details on the Penrhyn Estuary monitoring please go to: http://www.sydneyports.com.au/sustainability/penrhyn_estuary_rehabilitation

Regular internal and external audits are conducted in line with the Project Approval.

1. Terminal 3 Construction Works

The Baulderstone - Jan De Nul Consortium was contracted in 2007 to design and construct the terminal and related environmental and community works. The team was supported by consultants Hyder Consulting, Golder Associates and Scott Wilson.

Sydney International Container Terminal Pty. Limited (SICTL) took ownership of 45ha of the site and awarded construction contractors Laing O’Rourke the civil works contract for the new Port Botany Terminal 3.

Laing O’Rourke constructed $150 million worth of civil and rail infrastructure works including the provision of pavement using onsite concrete batching, high voltage substations, structural support for heavy duty quay and stacking crane systems, rail sidings, drainage and ground improvements.

SICTL has set up a project page containing information and documentation on the works. Read more here.

Patrick Stevedores signed the lease on the remaining 18ha “Knuckle” area. Construction began at the end of 2012/early 2013 following the construction tender process and was finalised in early 2015.


Civil and Rail Infrastructure Construction Works

Sydney International Container Terminal Pty. Limited (SICTL) and Patrick Stevedores understand the sensitivities of the Port Botany area and are committed to the protection of the environment.

The CEMP and all associated sub-plans for the SICTL works can be viewed on their website project page: SICTL Environmental Management Plans.

The CEMPs and all associated sub-plans for the Patrick works can be viewed on their website projct page: Patrick Environmental Management Plans and Reporting

Design and Construction

Baulderstone and Jan De Nul's policy for Environmental Management can be viewed here.


Terminal Operations

The Operational Environmental Management Plans and Environmental Monitoring for SICTL operations can be found here: SICTL Community and Environment.

Patricks Operational Environmental Management Plans can be found here: Patrick Environmental Management Plans and Reporting


2.       Grade Separation Works

Below are the Environmental Management Plans for the Grade Separation Works: 


3.       Monitoring and Reporting

Terminal 3 Construction Works Monthly Environmental Monitoring Reports

Grade Separation Works Monthly Environmental Monitoring Reports

Grade Separation Works Annual Environmental Auditing

Annual Monitoring Reports

Annual environmental management reports for the stevedores can be found on the following webpages:

SICTL Community and Environment.

Patrick Environmental Management Plans and Reporting

The project has over 100 development consent conditions, many of these ensure that environmental considerations are recognised, managed and monitored. NSW Ports will continue to manage, monitor and audit the consent conditions.

Penrhyn Estuary Rehabilitation

About $8 million has been previously spent to rehabilitate and expand Penrhyn Estuary to secure the area for migratory birds protected by State and Federal legislation. 

This Project remains with Sydney Ports Corporation. Any further information required, please see www.sydneyports.com.au


Community Consultative Committee

The Port Botany Expansion Community Consultative Committee (CCC) was established in August 2006 to work closely with community members during the construction phase of the project.  Since establishment, the Committee has been providing valuable feedback and comment on minimisation of environmental, community and construction impacts from the project.  As well as theConstruction Environmental Management Plans, the Committee has been consulted on the Traffic Management Plans and the Emergency Response and Incident Management Plan. The Committee will continue to monitor construction activities until the completion of the fit out of the container facilities, including utility services, pavements, buildings, portainer cranes and yard equipment.

Effective October 2013 the Port Botany Expansion Community Consultative Committee (PBE CCC) was combined with the Port Botany Neighbourhood Liaison Group and renamed the Port Botany Community Consultative Committee. The newly merged Committee is independently chaired by Ms Roberta Ryan.

For details around the committee and minutes of the meetings go to the Port Botany Community Consultative Committee page.

To apply, please obtain an information pack and application form by calling 1300 922 524 or email enquiries@nswports.com.au

Previous Committee Minutes and Presentations

General Information and Notifications

Project Updates

Project News Publications


Questions & Answers