Aberdeen Harbour Board (AHB) has put a £15 million contract out to tender for “the completion of works” for its £350m-plus expansion project.
Details on the Public Contracts Scotland website show the port’s bosses are seeking a contractor with the “ability to mobilise and commence works quickly”.
It comes amid speculation on social media about the continued involvement of lead contractor Dragados UK.
The Spanish-owned construction and infrastructure firm has been working to a revised timetable on the transformational development after technical challenges pushed the expected completion date out to 2021.
Work on the new south harbour ground to a halt when the UK went into Covid-19 lockdown.
The new four-month contract is for “works that are required to complete specific elements” of the project.
AHB also wants to “prevent coastal erosion impacting on local infrastructure and loss of partially constructed works and associated potential impact on the marine environment”.
A spokesman for AHB said; “We remain fully committed to the south harbour development but, like many construction projects across the country, we are looking at how we proceed once work can restart.
“As part of our response to the current situation and to mitigate against the impact of Covid-19, we are now in talks with our current principal contractor for the construction of south harbour, Dragados UK, about the best way forward.” He added: “We are considering all possible courses of action.”
Dragados UK could not be contacted.