An expression of interest has been released for the design and construction of a new wharf at the Port of Dampier, part of the $4.3 billion Perdaman Urea Project.

The new wharf will be constructed south of the existing Dampier Cargo Wharf and includes a new berth pocket which will be 13.2m deep, and a manoeuvring area 11m deep.

The new wharf will be equipped by Perdaman with bulk handling facilities for urea, including a storage shed, a conveyor system and a shiploader. 

WA Ports Minister, Rita Saffioti, said, “This expression of interest is a fantastic opportunity for businesses to show their interest in working on a transformational project that will ensure the supply of urea domestically and internationally for decades to come.

“This new piece of infrastructure will also accommodate general cargo vessels and cruise ships.

“This project will create thousands of regional jobs, including opportunities for locally-based subcontractors.”

This new wharf will help facilitate the proposed $4.3 billion Perdaman Urea Project, which will open up access to worldwide markets for the export of urea, predominantly used for fertilisers.

The expression of interest, being run by the Pilbara Ports Authority, includes the dredging of a berth pocket and the construction of a new wharf.

State Development, Jobs and Trade Minister, Roger Cook, said, “This is an important project as part of the McGowan Government’s diversification strategy.

“The new wharf will help facilitate the Perdaman Urea Project, as well as allowing the docking of bulk carriers, cruise ships and general cargo vessels.

“It is also part of Diversify WA’s supply chain strategy for sectors such as agriculture and transport.”

Documentation can be accessed on the Tenders WA website, with applications closing on 19 April 2022.

The construction of the new wharf and facilities is being funded by the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility and a contribution from the Western Australian Government.

Any State Government financial contribution is subject to a number of conditions, including the project reaching financial close and all statutory and regulatory approvals being met.

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