Further investment in Port of Dundee as new wharf and land upgrade gets under way for energy transition

Dylan MacdonaldForth Ports

Construction specialist GRAHAM to deliver major project

The investment programme in the redevelopment in the Port of Dundee, totalling £40m, has reached a significant milestone with the start of the latest contract for the construction of a new wharf alongside land upgrades to secure the port’s future in offshore renewable energy and North Sea Oil and Gas projects. This work will augment the development work already completed at the port during 2018/2019.

The work, being delivered by construction and civils engineering company GRAHAM, consists of the construction of a new wharf and the preparation and upgrade of over 15 hectares of land (equivalent to 20 full size football pitches) for the emerging energy transition sector.

The port’s existing Caledon East Warf is being replaced with a new heavy lift quayside that is capable of roll on/off operations as well as conventional lift on/off. Prince Charles Wharf is also undergoing an upgrade after almost 45 years’ service.

Once completed at the end of 2021, the total quayside available at this specific part of the port will be 485m. The quayside, combined with the capital dredging program under way in the River Tay, will allow large semi-submersible vessels (HTV) or wind installation (WIV) to berth in the port.

Dundee is currently the wind turbine hub for the construction of EDF Renewables’ and ESB’s major offshore wind farm, Neart na Gaoithe (NnG).

Commenting on the investment in Dundee, Senior Port Manager, David Webster, said: “This significant investment in the Port of Dundee demonstrates our commitment to bring large-scale renewables and decommissioning projects to Scotland. We are pleased to work with GRAHAM on this project in Dundee following their successful delivery of our new freight ferry terminal in Tilbury2 earlier this year.”

Leo Martin, managing director of GRAHAM’s civil engineering division, said:

“This will be our second project working in collaboration with Forth Ports, following our completion of Tilbury2 on the Thames.

“This is a fantastic scheme for GRAHAM to be working on and another opportunity to demonstrate our wide-ranging marine construction and civils capabilities.

“The offshore renewables construction facility at the Port of Dundee promises to bring significant benefits to both Dundee and indeed the whole of Scotland, both socially and economically, creating jobs and supporting the supply of low carbon electricity.”

14 December 2020 -ENDS-


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About Forth Ports: Forth Ports Limited owns and operates eight commercial ports in the UK – Tilbury on the Thames, Dundee on the Firth of Tay and six on the Firth of Forth – Leith, Grangemouth, Rosyth, Methil, Burntisland and Kirkcaldy. Within and around the Firths of Forth and Tay, Forth Ports manages and operates an area of 280 square miles of navigable waters, including two specialised marine terminals for oil and gas export and provides other marine services, such as towage and conservancy. The Port of Tilbury has invested £10 million in overhauling their four rail terminals to support increased bulk and domestic intermodal flows, as part of a hub-to-hub model with Grangemouth. www.forthports.co.uk @forthports


About GRAHAM: Co. Down headquartered GRAHAM is a privately owned company that specialises in the delivery of award-winning building, civil engineering, interior fit-out and facilities management.

A truly national business, it operates from a network of 23 regional offices throughout the UK and Ireland (inc. Hillsborough and Belfast) and employs over 2,200 colleagues. Over 1,100 of these employees are from Northern Ireland.

Proudly “delivering lasting impact” since 1778, it is currently completing over 100 live projects across a range of key sectors including education, healthcare, commercial, retail, highways and rail.

Winner of the Major Contractor of the Year at the 2017 Building Awards, GRAHAM was the first contractor in the UK to achieve Investors in People (IIP) Platinum and IIP Wellbeing accreditations.

It was also the first UK wide company to achieve the British Standards Institute (BSI) Kitemark™ certification for both BIM Design and Construction (PAS 1192-2) and Asset Management (PAS 1192-3). For more information, visit the website: www.graham.co.uk


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