The Federal Government has awarded McConnell Dowell a design and construction contract for wharf infrastructure works in a number of Pacific Islands.
Works will involve upgrades to wharves in Tuvalu, Tonga, Samoa, Fiji, Cook Islands, Kiribati and Vanuatu to accommodate new Guardian-class Patrol Boats, which will enhance the Pacific Island nations’ ability to patrol their own exclusive economic zones.
Berthing and mooring facilities will be upgraded to be made safer, with better access for maintenance and provisioning.
The infrastructure works are split across seven seperate packages, each subject to their own scope and requirements.
The company has been involved in the Pacific for more than 50 years and plans to continue assisting the ongoing development of the region.
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McConnell Dowell Managing Director for New Zealand and the Pacific Islands Fraser Wyllie said the project was a perfect fit for the company due to its strength in marine construction and established networks in the Pacific.
“We have a strong track record of delivering innovative solutions for logistically challenging marine projects across New Zealand, Australia, South East Asia and the Pacific,” Wyllie said.
“We have a long history of working with Pacific communities to deliver significant marine, transport, defence and water infrastructure. This project is another opportunity for us to drive progress by improving marine security.”
The project has a six-month design and procurement phase which commences immediately, with construction due to commence in June.