AusGroup Aces A$30MM Offshore Manning Contract for Blacktip Gas Field

AusGroup Limited has announced the award of an A$30 million labor supply contract for the Blacktip offshore gas field project.

The contract was awarded to AusGroup's Australian subsidiary, Ausclad Group of Companies Limited (AGC) by a leading international offshore construction services client and the two will work together on the Blacktip offshore gas field project. The gas field is located in the Bonaparte Gulf, about 250 kilometers southwest of Darwin with the offshore gas gathering system located in approximately 52 meters of water.

The scope of work includes providing skilled construction personnel for the execution of installation and pipelay work onboard the client's derrick lay barge/vessel. This includes installing a wellhead platform jacket, piles and topside; which are currently being fabricated by AGC at its Kwinana and AMC facilities. The work is to commence immediately and is scheduled for completion by the end of January 2009.

This award represents the second marine manning contract for the Group and follows on from the recently completed Montara project. The Group has now secured contracts for both the fabrication of the offshore production platform and also the offshore construction support associated with the Blacktip project.