Pilbara Ports Authority (PPA) has sought expressions of interest for the design and construction of a new wharf at the Port of Dampier in Western Australia.
Funding was confirmed for the multi-user wharf in February, with $160 million coming from the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility’s (NAIF) investment of $255 million to upgrade PPA’s common-user infrastructure.
The wharf will include bulk handling facilities for urea – a key ingredient in the diesel exhaust fluid AdBlue, supplies of which were threatened in January – including a storage shed, a conveyor system and a shiploader.
WA Ports Minister Rita Saffioti said she was keen to see how the chosen contractor could fulfil the task.
“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” she said.
“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 sub-contractors.”
The Western Australian Government will also be involved in the wharf’s funding, as it will support the proposed $4.3 billion Perdaman urea project in Karratha.
Minister for State Development, Jobs and Trade Roger Cook said the wharf would open up new avenues for development in WA.
“This is an important project as part of the McGowan Government’s diversification strategy. It will create jobs and it will help stimulate trade and investment,” Cook said.
“The new wharf will help facilitate the Perdaman urea project, as well as allowing the docking of bulk carrier, cruise ships and general cargo vessels.
“It is also part of Diversify WA’s supply chain strategy for sectors such as agriculture and transport.”