Austral Construction wins $21.6m contract for works at Nelson Point Tug Haven

WCN Editorial Team 25 Oct 2021 OCEANIA ENERGY & UTILITIES

The Government of Western Australia has awarded a contract worth $21.6m (A$29m) to Austral Construction for works at Nelson Point Tug Haven at the Port of Port Hedland, Australia.

The scope of work under the contract involves design and construction of a revetment wall at the Nelson Point Tug Haven.

This wall will help to protect the tug haven embankments from cyclones and powerful storm surges.

As part of the contract, about $4m worth works will be subcontracted to locally based Pilbara businesses.

The subcontracted works will include survey, design, plumbing, fabrication, electrical, and geotechnical services.

These works will be part of the $51.2m upgrade project of Nelson Point Tug Haven, which was built in 1985 to provide shelter and access for tugs that service the Port of Port Hedland.

The upgrade project will also include the existing sheet pile wall replacement.

Western Australian government noted that about 5% of subcontracts will be given to Aboriginal-owned suppliers.

Western Australia minister for transport, and planning Rita Saffioti said: “It's fantastic to see investment in the Nelson Point Tug Haven to increase its resilience to withstand powerful storms and cyclones and making it a reliable asset for decades to come.

“The Port of Port Hedland is the powerhouse of the Pilbara, with over $116 billion of commodities passing through the port last financial year - it's essential we invest in port infrastructure to support this enormous volume of trade.

“The $29 million contract offers opportunities for local businesses to get involved in the project, creating more economic opportunities and jobs in the Pilbara.”

Work on the project is anticipated to be completed by the end of 2022.

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