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NCE Live News Updates Wednesday 18 September: £485M flood defences contractor sought

Environment Agency seeks contractor for Thames Estuary work.

3pm: Balfour Beatty subsidiary Parsons Brinckerhoff has bagged work on a 950km rail line between Jeddah and Riyadh in Saudi Arabia.

The firm will provide project management consultancy on the design and build of the Saudi Landbridge scheme.

The double-track rail line will connect  the Red Sea port of Jeddah with Riyadh and – via a connection with an existing line – King Abdul Aziz Port at Dammam.

Parsons Brinckerhoff will work on the scheme in conjunction with Fluor Corporation under a contract lasting about eight years.


11.30am: FCC has begun work on what will be the tallest cable-stayed bridge in the US, measured by span height.

The Spanish contractor is building the $650M (£405M) Gerald Desmond Bridge in Los Angeles.

When completed in 2016, the bridge will be 305m long and have 61m of vertical clearance above the Black Channel of the Port of Long Beach.

The bridge, which will have three lanes in each direction, is designed to improve traffic flow and safety when crossing the river.


11am: Also in North America, Wolverhampton-headquartered Carillion has secured a £100M highways area maintenance deal in Canada.

Carillion Canada was selected as preferred bidder by the Ministry of Transportation Ontario for the contract, which will cover Peel and Halton.

The contractor will provide routine inspection and maintenance services, including snow clearance, together with minor capital works, for more than 1,000km of road over 12 years.

Carillion chief executive Richard Howson said: “Over the last 18 months, we have won long-term highways maintenance contracts in Ontario and Alberta worth over £720M.”


10.30am: It’s a bumper morning for water-related infrastructure opportunities – and not just on this side of the Atlantic.

The State of Louisiana and the US Army Corps of Engineers are supporting a competition launched by local business and civic leaders to save the Lower Mississippi River Delta.

Teams of engineers, scientists, planners and designers have been urged to register for the Changing Course competition by 4 October.

Approaches are sought that demonstrate how the river can be used to rebuild wetlands and offer flood protection to coastal communities. See more information here.


10am: Southern Water has called for contractors for a framework worth £1.1bn.

The utility firm will appoint up to four firms across two lots classified as infrastructure and non-infrastructure works.

Firms must have a turnover of at least £165M to compete for the non-infrastructure work; and at least £120M for the infrastructure lot.

Contractors have until 14 October to express an interest in the work. See more information here.


9am: Contractors are sought for a deal worth up to £485M to improve flood defences in the Thames Estuary.

The Environment Agency has issued a formal call for interest in the work through the Official Journal of the European Union.

The contract, which will run for seven years and could be extended for a further three, will cover the Thames Estuary Phase 1 programme.

It will include major refurbishment of assets including tidal walls, embankments and flood barriers; as well as construction of new assets; renewals and replacements; and packages of complex works.

Interested parties have until 18 October to register their interest in the work. See more information here.

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