A multi-million pound refurbishment of the site, on the River Thames, will see the facility’s existing jetty and tank farm refurbished to enable the docking and storage of up to 7,500 tonnes of bitumen. FM Conway is aiming for the site to be operational by April 2014.
FM Conway will use the river to reduce road transport.
The company is currently transporting aggregates by river to serve its asphalt plant in Erith, which has seen it cut 1,250 tonnes of carbon each year by removing 15,000 truck journeys on London’s roads.
Chief executive Michael Conway said: “The ability to independently import bitumen will form part of our self-delivery model. This gives us full control over our supply, allows us to cut input costs and, crucially, gives security of supply to our customers.”