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Local firm scoops £19M Tyneside quay job

Tyneside-based Southbay Civil Engineering has won a £19M project to extend a deep sea quay in the North East.

The firm was named as main contractor for an extension of Riverside Quay in South Shields by client Port of Tyne.

Work will include building 125m of new quay wall, upgrading 118m of existing quay wall, and renewing 90m of quay wall. 

This development is required to support the growth in cargo volumes being handled by the port, including wood pellet imports for power stations converting to use renewable fuels.

Port of Tyne chief executive Andrew Moffat said: “I am delighted that a North East based company won the tender against international competition. The project itself could have a major impact in the region – during construction it will add £14.8M to the local economy.”

Enabling work began in June last year with underwater preparatory works and internal road building.

Moffat added: “On the back of growth in volumes over the past few years we are investing in new infrastructure to make sure the port is able to meet the needs of both our existing and our future customers. 

“This is the biggest single investment we have made since we built Europe’s first purpose-built wood pellet facilities back in 2010 and it will significantly increase the port’s capacity to handle increased volumes of cargoes. 

“Extending the length of the quay will increase the berthing capacity by almost 20%, enabling up to four large cargo ships to berth simultaneously. “

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