Australia-listed Leighton Holdings disclosed Tuesday that it has been awarded a contract, worth $211 million, to construct Esso Highland's permanent head office in Papua New Guinea (PNG).
The company is aiming to start construction in March this year, and that it expects a peak workforce of 360, comprising around 80 percent local industry, a spokesperson representing Leighton told Rigzone.
Commenting on the project, Leighton's Managing Director, Craig Laslett said: "The successful award of this project is representative of our long-term strategy to diversify our operations within the emerging PNG market and align ourselves with clients and project partners sharing our high standards of safety, environmental management and quality."
Esso Highlands, a subsidiary of ExxonMobil, is in the midst of constructing gas production and processing facilities in the Southern Highlands and Western Provinces of PNG. The 6.9 million tonnes per annum project, which includes liquefaction and storage facilities, is scheduled to be brought onstream in 2014.
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