27 Oct 2017

DIO award contract as part of Navy Oil Fuel Depot upgrade programme

The Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) has contracted VolkerStevin to construct a brand new jetty at Thanckes Oil Fuel Depot in Plymouth worth an estimated £43M.

This major infrastructure project will provide a modern jetty with fuel loading and firefighting capabilities. Fire prevention within the depot itself, which provides fuel to the Royal Navy at nearby Devonport Naval Base – the largest facility of its kind in Western Europe – will also be revamped.

The new jetty will be built within the confines of a ‘Special Area of Conservation’ along the River Tamar. As such, the project will be required to comply with stringent environmental regulations.

According to Bill Hughes, Project Manager at DIO: “This is a key milestone in the Navy Oil Fuel Depot upgrade programme. There have been considerable environmental challenges and constraints that have been successfully navigated through the excellent efforts of the Project Team and we look forward to working in collaboration with VolkerStevin to ensure the successful delivery of this operationally critical project.”

Terry O’Connor, DIO Account Director for VolkerStevin, added: “We are delighted to have been awarded the design and construction of the new jetty at Thanckes Oil Fuel Depot. It continues our long association with the DIO and Royal Navy in providing key critical infrastructure solutions and we look forward to working closely with the project team and key stakeholders to deliver this strategically important scheme.”

The Thanckes Jetty is the first in a raft of projects intended to modernise oil fuel depots in Devonport and Portsmouth which serve the fuelling of naval fleet in both ports.

Dredging and clearance works are set to commence in January 2018, while piling has been scheduled for September 2018 – after the annual fish migration season. Once operational in November 2019, the depot will serve all Royal Navy fuelling requirements at Devonport.

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