Contracts totalling £60m awarded for Aberdeen Harbour expansion project

THE Aberdeen Harbour Board has awarded two new contracts with a total value of £60 million for the construction of the south breakwater and crown wall.

It comes as part of the harbour’s expansion, with both structures to provide ‘critical’ protection for vessels and operations. The board said that it will ultimately protect the port from a one-in-100-year storm.

Dutch firm Van Oord will act as the principal contractor for the 550-metre-long south breakwater, whilst Grangemouth-headquartered Beattie FRC will build the concrete crown wall along the length of the north breakwater.

Keith Young, AHEP project director at Aberdeen Harbour Board, said, “The construction of the South Breakwater and Crown Wall form a significant part of the final 30% of construction, and I look forward to seeing the structures take shape in the coming months.

“Van Oord and Beattie FRC bring a wealth of engineering skill and innovation to the project, and their work will ultimately ensure smooth and safe marine and land-based operations at South Harbour for our customers and port users.”

Paul Hesk, area manager for Van Oord, added, “We are very pleased that Aberdeen Harbour Board has entrusted us with delivering a further critical element of its harbour expansion project. Our experienced site team will deploy specialist equipment and methodologies to ensure the new breakwater is constructed safely, whilst at the same time minimising the impact of our work on the marine environment and rich wildlife of the surrounding area.”

The 10-metre-high Crown Wall – or wave wall – will be built using concrete produced at the batching plant on the north-west corner of the expansion site. The wall will ensure extremely high waves cannot obstruct operations on the East Quay (Dunnottar Quay).

Vincent O’Donnell, director at Beattie FRC, commented, “The Aberdeen Harbour expansion project is a significant project for Scotland, and we are proud to build the Crown Wall, which is significant to the overall running of South Harbour. We look forward to working on site this year.”