Engineering firm Clough has won a large contract to design and construct the new Fortescue Metals Group port facility.
The Fortescue project involves the building of a fifth loading berth at the Anderson Point Facility (AP5).
Fortescue has initially planned the new berth way back in 2013, however the timing has not been quite right until now, as Fortescue ramps up its production rate and extra capacity is needed at the port.
“construction is expected to start in May this year”
Project engineering has already begun, with procurement and planning work scheduled for this month. Initial construction is expected to start in May this year and expectations of a completion date sometime early in 2015.
Fortescue Metals Group contract is a major milestone
Clough’s CEO, said the joint venture Fortescue Metals Group contract is a major milestone for the group. He went on to say this is a great opportunity for BAM Clough to participate in Fortescue`s growth journey for the first time and bring our full suite of design and construction services to the Australian mining and minerals sector.
The project is hinging on the BAM Clough`s extensive local and international resource projects knowledge and experience as well as a 50-year track record in local project delivery. All of the above fit together into one neat project package which ensures the project is safely delivered to Fortescue Metals budget expectations, timeframe and quality requirements.”
Fortescue Metals loading berth project scope
The work at the Anderson Point Facility includes a 306 metre long wharf extension, seven berthing dolphins, and the supply and installation of the wharf conveyor modules.
About BAM Clough
BAM Clough is a 50/50 joint venture between BAM International and Clough Limited. The partnership was established 50 years ago.
Up to 2014, BAM Clough has delivered 15 major jetty and close-to-shore-proximity marine projects throughout Australia and Papua New Guinea. Projects on-the-go at the moment include Chevron`s Wheatstone LNG Offloading Jetty, and INPEX`s Ichthys LNG Jetty and Module Offloading Facility in WA.
The group recently completed construction of ExxonMobil`s PNG LNG Jetty, and finalised Woodside`s Pluto LNG Jetty in 2009.