Antarctica is the coldest and driest place on Earth. Operating safely and effectively in an environment this extreme is challenging.
The window to build in Antarctica is small due to the remote location and short summer period.
The plan is to pre-construct all buildings at PrimePort Timaru in New Zealand and ship them to Antarctica on a large heavy transport vessel in eight large modular sections.
Construction in New Zealand is expected to begin in the middle of 2023.
Specialised trailers will be used to transport the building modules on and off the vessel and into final position at Scott Base.
The existing base will be deconstructed and returned to New Zealand, along with all waste, equipment and materials.
The new base is planned to be up and running in 2028.
Antarctica New Zealand will refurbish the existing base into an interim base for the construction period to allow science and operations to continue. Additional accommodation, office and operations facilities will be installed for a three to four year period during construction.This will minimise health and safety risks, limit the amount of infrastructure required, and reduce costs.