Fortescue Metals Group (ASX:FMG, Fortescue) has awarded the BAM Clough Joint Venture (BAM Clough) a design and construction contract for a fifth iron ore loading berth at its Anderson Point Facility (AP5) in Port Hedland, Western Australia.

The works include the design and construction of a 306-metre long wharf extension, seven berthing dolphins, and the supply and installation of wharf conveyor modules.

Project engineering has commenced with procurement and planning work scheduled to commence in February. Construction activities are scheduled to commence in May 2014 with project completion anticipated in early 2015.

Clough Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director Kevin Gallagher said the award represents a significant milestone for BAM Clough.

“As the recognised market leader in near shore marine project delivery for the Australian oil and gas sector, 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. We will draw on BAM Clough’s extensive local and international resources and 50-year track record in local project delivery to ensure this important project is safely delivered to Fortescue’s cost, schedule and quality requirements.”

BAM Clough is a 50/50 joint venture between BAM International and Clough Limited.  Established in 1964 the joint venture celebrates 50 years of successful project delivery in 2014. 

Today BAM Clough has successfully delivered 15 major jetty and near shore marine projects throughout Australia and Papua New Guinea.  Current projects include Chevron’s Wheatstone LNG Offloading Jetty, and INPEX’s Ichthys LNG Jetty and Module Offloading Facility. The group recently completed the construction of ExxonMobil’s PNG LNG Jetty, and finalised Woodside’s Pluto LNG Jetty in 2009.