John Holland Awarded Major NWS Contract

Australian engineering and construction company John Holland Pty Ltd has been awarded a major contract for civil works on the $1.6 billion North West Shelf LNG Expansion Project.

The Civil Off-Plot Contract, awarded by the Kellogg Joint Venture (KJV), on behalf of NWS Operator Woodside, is worth more than $11 million. Under the contract, John Holland will undertake all civil works and concrete foundations for the major Off-Plot process facilities associated with the 4th LNG Train development. This includes civil works for the sulphinol and thermal combustion units, air separation and power generation facilities.

The contract also includes the installation of all underground cabling linking the off-plot process facilities with new and existing sub-stations.

John Holland will commence mobilization of a 60-strong workforce to site in late-January 2002 and will be on site for approximately 11 months. Manfred Henze, Woodside General Manager Onshore Projects, said that the award of the contract continued a long association between the company and the North West Shelf Gas Project. “Over the past two decades John Holland has been involved in a number of major construction projects on the Burrup,” he said.

“This has included the installation of LNG piping onto the LNG jetty and also the construction of the LPG jetty. Having John Holland back on site is another example of how the development of the North West Shelf Project has proved a positive, long-term association for many Australian companies and their personnel.”

To date, Australian companies have won more than $500 million in contracts for the Project. This is expected to climb to near $1 billion by the time the Project is completed in 2004.

The six equal participants in the North West Shelf Venture are: Woodside Energy Ltd. (operator); BHP Billiton (North West Shelf) Pty Ltd; BP Developments Australia Pty Ltd; Chevron Australia Pty Ltd; Japan Australia LNG (MIMI) Pty Ltd; and Shell Development (Australia) Proprietary Limited.