Construction of Tilbury2 will start immediately following the appointment of construction group Graham to build the new facility.
The Port of Tilbury received development consent last week for the project which involves the creation of a new port terminal and associated facilities on land at the former Tilbury Power Station.
When operational in Spring 2020, Tilbury2 will include an unaccompanied freight ferry port, a construction processing hub and the creation of a new significantly larger rail head which can accommodate the freight trains of 775m.
Graham has been awarded the contract for both the Terrestrial and the Marine Package.
The Terrestrial contract incorporates a roll-on/roll-off, highway works, the relocation of the existing railhead, and a fixed structural steel bridge to the linkspan.
The Marine contract includes works within the tidal estuary beyond the existing sea wall/flood defences, including a floating pontoon, link-span/articulated bridge, associated pilings and river bed preparation for the berth.