Kentz Snags Second Gorgon Contract

Kentz, through its Australian arm Kentz (pty) Ltd, has been awarded a telecommunications package by Chevron Australia Pty Ltd for the Gorgon Project in Western Australia.

The contract value is approximately AUS$150 million (or approximately US $125 million) and includes the design, supply, installation, testing and commissioning of the telecommunications scope on Barrow Island.

Final investment decision on the Chevron operated Gorgon Project, from the Gorgon Joint Venture participants, is expected in the second half of 2009. Work on Barrow Island is expected to commence after receipt of all the necessary government approvals.

The remoteness of the project site calls for the use of state-of-the-art telecommunications technology, including converged IP networks for multiple data streams, satellite data communications, navigational aids including radar and vessel tracking, meteorological and oceanographic systems, site wide WAN/LAN with network management, central fire and security monitoring, and data transmission on both fiber optic and microwave.

Dr. Hugh O'Donnell chief executive of Kentz commented, "This turnkey telecommunications project draws upon a number of Kentz's skill sets, not only from an engineering, design and systems integration perspective but also delivering remote site installation and commissioning."

This contract is the second for Kentz, which in June, along with its Australian partners Decmil Pty Ltd and Thiess Pty Ltd (TDKJV), was contracted to design and construct the construction village on Barrow Island for Chevron.

Kentz has been working on projects in Western Australia for more than 20 years supplying services to most of the major oil and gas developments. It currently employs approximately 200 Australian staff, through its construction arm Thiess Kentz, on a number of projects across Australia.