Clough, as part of Clough BMD Joint Venture (JV) is pleased to announce an important milestone for the project with the award to Wilga Indigenous Corporation, a Darwin based business, to supply approximately 430,000 tonnes of rock for the construction of the Darwin Ship Lift Facility Project, with a contract value of $16.9 million. 

Since the project award in September 2023, Clough BMD JV’s focus remains on concurrently progressing procurement activities, working closely with the Territory Government to provide opportunities for Territorians to be involved in this significant project.

Since the beginning of the year, a number of milestones have been reached including environmental and project development approvals as well as finalisation of the key design elements, completed locating utilities and underground services on site, and design of temporary works for construction, in addition to the procurement of the sub-contract packages.

The upcoming site works signify a transformative period, laying the groundwork for a facility that will serve the maritime sector and national defence needs.

In addition, further works packages are expected to be awarded in the coming months such as further quarry supply, site surveying, site facilities and plant equipment and hire, among others.

Clough BMD JV will construct the facility to meet the needs of the general fishing and maritime sector and the current and long-term needs of the Department of Defence and the Australian Border Force, with a local first approach. The JV is committed to making a positive impact across the Territory through education, employment, business opportunities and community initiatives. 

During the peak of construction, over 250 workers will be employed, with an average of 100 workers on-site throughout construction. Upon completion, the ship lift facility will provide hundreds of local jobs within the maritime support sector, contributing significantly to the region's economic growth and stability.