• Capabilities: Project Management, Building Information Modelling (BIM), Strategic Environmental Consulting
  • Sectors: Transportation, Manufacturing and Technology, Cities

Moorebank Logistics Park

Moorebank, New South Wales, Australia - Taking emissions-intensive trucks off Australian roads and increasing the use of rail networks to distribute containerised freight to and from Port Botany.

$150m

secured from Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC)

11,000

vehicle reduction on road equivalent of annual carbon emissions savings

“Arcadis is in the business of Australia’s future cities, and projects like this help us shape a sustainable future by redefining what is possible when you approach old problems in new ways.”

Leading freight and logistics company Qube is developing the Moorebank Logistics Park (MLP) to take emissions-intensive trucks off Australian roads and increase the use of rail networks to distribute containerised freight to and from Port Botany. The Moorebank Logistics Park will be developed across 243 hectares in south-western Sydney, taking advantage of its location near the Southern Sydney Freight Line, M5 and M7 motorways and in an area of rapid population and economic growth.

Arcadis were originally engaged in 2009 by Qube to undertake strategic environmental consultancy works on this complex intermodal terminal project. The challenge was to support development of the former defence land into a world-leading automated intermodal terminal that included container receival and stacking areas, warehouses and a rail line (between the site and the Southern Sydney Freight Line (SSFL), with automated truck loading and circulation areas, and biodiversity offsets. The project required a deep knowledge and understanding of the environmental, transportation and logistical considerations for this scale of project, and to the highest technical standards. 

Creating assets for the future
To date, based on our on-going successful relationship, Qube has extended Arcadis’ scope to provide expertise in not only the environmental assessment and planning, but the wider sustainability, detailed design, project management, and flood and traffic modelling. 

Arcadis were also commissioned to undertake technical review and program advisory for the dynamic, ever-growing Moorebank Logistics Park project. Despite the sheer scale of the project, Arcadis created a ‘first of its kind’ in terms of pulling together industry innovation from around the world that is supported by an innovative design approach. One of the outcomes of this was a $30m OPEX saving for the client through a high-level value engineering exercise using digital engineering. 

Improving impact on the regional environment 
As part of the extended scope, Arcadis was engaged to investigate measures that could be taken to reduce greenhouse gases (GHG) from the construction and operation of the Moorebank Logistics Park in response to tenant demand and potential funding opportunities. Arcadis quantified GHG emission generated from electricity use, fuel use and embodied energy associated with the construction and operation of the project, including identification of a range of energy efficiency measures to minimise fuel and electricity consumption, and the preparation of a precinct wide solar photovoltaic model. 

Arcadis were able to devise innovative solutions within a tight timeframe to minimise both cost to client and long-term carbon emissions savings, including the use of electric forklifts instead of diesel and the installation of a 60MW ‘solar farm’ on the Moorebank Logistics Park warehouse roofs. 

Arcadis’ provision of freight logistics and carbon abatement modelling assisted Qube in securing $150 million of funding from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation’s (CEFC). The financing provided by the CEFC will enable Qube to implement several sustainability initiatives by 2030 when the Moorebank Logistics Park is at full capacity. 

The project exists as a significant milestone in Australia’s emission reduction history. Replacing heavy road transport with freight rail between Port Botany and Moorebank will not only significantly reduce emissions and other regional health impacts associated with truck movements, it will also reduce road congestion and make our streets safer to drive. 

Overall, Arcadis has through strategic planning and environmental advice, value engineering exercises and utilising our local and international technical specialists, achieved not only significant capital cost savings for the client, but greatly improved environmental performance of the project whilst responding to, and addressing, its environmental impacts.

“The net greenhouse gas emissions produced by not building this facility are higher than building it, which is staggering considering the size of Moorebank Logistics Park.”

Outcomes

$150m

secured from Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC)

11,000

vehicle reduction on road equivalent of annual carbon emissions savings

+110,000 tCO₂e

freight truck emissions cut per year

Questions about this project

Westley Owers

NSW Environment Team Leader M +61 (0) 451 105 610 Ask me a question