Bam Nuttall wins £60m Welsh port infra deal

Bam Nuttall has clinched a £60m contract to build a new supersize slipway at a port in Pembrokeshire, Wales.

The civils contractor, which started work on site this week, is constructing the slipway for the launch and recovery of marine vessels at Pembroke Dock on the Port of Milford Haven.

The port services the energy sector, particularly floating offshore wind technology, where turbines are deployed on to floating services. Bam Nuttall will also build workboat pontoons as it regenerates the port’s facilities.

Funding for the project has been provided by the UK and Welsh governments via the Swansea Bay City Deal – a £1.3bn investment programme funding 11 projects – and through the public and private sectors. It is also part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government.

Swansea Bay City Deal joint committee chairman Rob Stewart said Bam Nuttall’s work would support wider local efforts towards blue-green energy, which is renewable energy harnessed from the sea.

Building capacity for renewable energy generation is a movement towards a low-carbon economy.

Port of Milford Haven commercial director Steve Edwards said the supply chain around the Celtic Sea would also be helped by the opportunities created through the project.

The contractor intends to use local labour on the job.

Bam regional director for southern England and Wales Ian Hubbard said: “Bam will be employing a mixture of local and specialist labour to deliver its works, so this contract will create jobs in the Pembrokeshire area, as well as helping to modernise the port facilities.”

Last month, a Kier/Bam joint venture landed a major civils job to redevelop a dock in Plymouth that will be used to service navy submarines.

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