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Murphy wins £43m MOD contract

Murphy has landed a £43m contract with the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to construct an oil fuel depot in Gosport, on the south coast of England.

The contractor will be tasked with replacing oil storage tanks and associated infrastructure at the facility while keeping the site operational.

The MoD has requested a phased approach to construction work in order to achieve this, so that new tanks can seamlessly replace those going out of service, in order to maintain the site’s fuel holding requirements.

Work on the project was scheduled to begin in spring 2018 with a completion date of 2021 set by the MoD.

The depot at Gosport has been in use for more than 100 years with some of the site’s current infrastructure constructed before the First World War.

The riveted plate steel construction of the tanks at the facility ceased to be used in the commercial sector in the 1960s.

The MoD explained that existing tanks have undergone packages of maintenance works to extend their out-of-service dates as agreed with the Health and Safety Executive.

Upgrade work is required so that the facility can adequately serve the new £6.2bn Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carrier vessels that will refuel at Gosport.

Earlier this week in was confirmed Murphy had won a £42m deal to construct a 6 km sewer north of Bristol.

John Murphy, Murphy’s CEO, said: “We’ve recently increased the capacity and expertise in our in-house engineering which has helped us create better engineered solutions that will be key to this work. This project was a key target in our ten-year growth plan and we feel very passionately about our ability to deliver it.”

The MoD has been contacted for comment.

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