Port Hedland gets local jobs boost as Total AMS wins $33.5m berth contract
Fremantle-based Total AMS has won a $33.5 million contract to refurbish a berth at Port Hedland in a test run for a State Government plan to boost local jobs.
Under the Western Australian Industry Participation Strategy, that began operating in October 2018, all sizeable tenders for State Government procurement must have a local industry participation plan.
Total AMS’s participation plan estimated the berth work would deliver almost 50 local jobs, and more than 20 subcontractor positions, with about 75 per cent of the workforce based in the Pilbara.
The project's initial design and construction contract with York Civil was terminated when the company entered voluntary administration and ceased trading in August 2018.
The participation strategy requires successful tenderers to report how well their participation plans are implemented and that can be audited by the Government to ensure they have met their obligations.
Ports Minister Alannah MacTiernan said berth 3 had deteriorated as a result of the harsh and salty environment and the new work expected to last for 50 years.
"It is fantastic to see the outcomes from this pilot WAIPS project, which will deliver a real boost to local workers,” she said.
Peter Milne The West Australian