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Royal Navy £43m jetty job goes to VolkerStevin

VolkerStevin has won a £43m contract to construct a new jetty for the Royal Navy fuel depot in Plymouth.

The Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) chose the marine specialist for the deal to build the jetty, which will provide fuel loading and firefighting facilities at the Devonport Naval Base on the River Tamar.

The dredging and clearing works will begin in January 2018, with piling to start in September 2018.

It will be built within a special conservation area and will have to follow stringent environmental guidelines, including delaying certain works for annual fish migrations.

The jetty is scheduled to be completed by November 2019 and will be the first of a number of projects to improve the Navy’s oil fuel depots at its bases in Devonport and Portsmouth.

The deal is the firm’s second big UK win of the year, with the VolkerWessels subsidiary landing a £115m contract alongside Boskalis Westminster for work on the Port of Dover redevelopment in January.

DIO project manager Bill Hughes said: “This is a key milestone in the Navy oil fuel depot upgrade programme.

“There have been considerable environmental challenges and constraints that have been successfully navigated through the excellent efforts of the project team.”

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