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Bam Nuttall wins £12M Shetland scheme

Bam Nuttall has won the main contractor role on a £12M port expansion scheme on Shetland.

The contractor’s Scottish division will lengthen a quay at Lerwick Harbour on the island from 55m to 130m.

The harbour is used by the offshore oil and gas industry, and the project will provide deep-water, versatile berthing and heavy load capacity, allowing it to take an offshore structure in a single lift, with a substantial, expanded laydown area.

Lerwick Port Authority deputy chief executive Calum Grains said: “The contract marks an important step in further developing Lerwick’s role as a leading centre of offshore industry operations.

“Dales Voe South is another value-added expansion and reflects our confidence in future activity, including ongoing subsea projects, particularly west of Shetland, and the developing decommissioning and offshore renewable markets.”

The Scottish government and agency Highlands and Islands Enterprise are providing £2.4M in grants for the project, with Bank of Scotland supporting the Port Authority’s investment.

Work will begin in April, with completion due a year later.

Bam Nuttall business unit manager for Scotland Dougie Grant said: “We’ve been tracking the proposals for Dales Voe for over a year now and we’re delighted to have been chosen by the Port Authority as their construction partner.

“We understand the positive impact this scale of investment can have locally and we look forward to engaging proactively with the Shetland community to ensure this benefit is fully realised.”

Civils firm Arch Henderson is responsible for design and project management of the scheme.

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