$29 million contract awarded to increase resilience of Nelson Point Tug Haven

  • Austral Construction awarded $29 million contract for works at Nelson Point Tug Haven
  • $4 million of works to be subcontracted out to locally based Pilbara businesses
  • WA Recovery Plan securing the future of critical port assets  
  • A $29 million contract has been awarded for the design and construction of a revetment wall at the Nelson Point Tug Haven at the Port of Port Hedland.

    The revetment wall will help to protect the tug haven embankments from destructive cyclones and powerful storm surges, with it designed to withstand a one in 500-year weather event.

    The $29 million contract has been awarded to Austral Construction.

    As part of the contract award, local Pilbara-based businesses will provide works valued at nearly $4 million.

    Works that will be subcontracted out include design, fabrication, survey, electrical, plumbing and geotechnical services, with at least five per cent of subcontracts to be awarded to Aboriginal-owned suppliers.

    The works form part of the $51.2 million Nelson Point Tug Haven upgrade project, which also includes the replacement of the existing sheet pile wall.

    Port operations will not be impacted, with works expected to be completed by the end of 2022.

    The Nelson Point Tug Haven was constructed in 1985 to provide shelter and access for tugs that service the Port of Port Hedland.

    The project forms part of the State Government’s $5.5 billion WA Recovery Plan.

    As stated by Ports Minister Rita Saffioti:

    “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.”

    As stated by Pilbara MLA Kevin Michel:

    “As part of the WA Recovery Plan we have allocated more than $50 million to the Nelson Point Tug Haven upgrade project.

    “This $29 million contract will provide many opportunities for local businesses to get involved and support local jobs.”

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