The WA Government has announced the successful tenderer for a $33.5 million replacement of the Berth 3 deck and fender at the Port of Port Hedland in WA.
Successful tenderer, Total AMS, has already begun work on the project.
Originally constructed in the late 1960s, Berth 3 is a multi-user berth that is primarily used for the export of salt and the import of fuels. The deck was replaced in 1988 due to deterioration.
The project’s initial design and construction contract was terminated with York Civil Pty Ltd, following the company entering voluntary administration and ceasing trading in August 2018.
Pilbara Ports Authority engaged key subcontractors to complete preparatory demolition work and the design and material supply, before inviting tenders for the construction of the project.
Total AMS will now commence construction works, including the demolition of the existing deck, construction of a new reinforced concrete deck, installation of new wharf fenders and other ancillary works.
WA Ports Minister, Alannah MacTiernan, said, “Berth 3 has deteriorated as a result of the harsh and salty environment. This project will use technology advances and a better understanding of the working environment to provide a deck that is expected to last for 50 years.
“The project will require periodic closure of the berth. However, Pilbara Ports Authority has worked closely with port users, including Dampier Salt Ltd, to put in place an agreed access arrangement and to minimise disruption to their important trade activities.”
The replacement works form part of a pilot project under the WA Government’s WA Industry Participation Strategy (WAIPS), designed to maximise opportunities for WA businesses to secure work on government contracts.
Total AMS’s WAIPS Participation Plan estimates the project will directly deliver almost 50 local jobs, as well as more than 20 subcontractor positions. About 75 per cent of the workforce will be Pilbara-based.
The project is expected to be completed by late October 2019.