Kentz Bags Pluto, Gorgon LNG Infrastructure Contracts

Kentz Corporation, through its Australian joint venture operating company Thiess Kentz Pty Ltd., has been awarded two contracts with a combined value of around AUD $109 million in Western Australia. The value attributable to Kentz is 50% of the JV.


The first contract is on the LNG processing site at Woodside Petroleum's Pluto LNG Project. The scope of work involves the installation and testing of high voltage cabling, switchboards, transformers, UPS systems, instrument control system cabinets, motor control stations, field panels, lighting and small power, trace heating, process instrumentation, fire and gas detection and protection devices, above ground cabling, earthing and bonding, as well as the recovery and termination of cables installed underground. The work will be carried out on pre-assembled units and pre-assembled pipe racks.

The contract is worth AUD $86 million and will run for approximately 10 months, starting in October 2009. It will require a total workforce of 300, of which 65 will be made up of management and support staff.


The second contract is with Thiess Pty Ltd. on the Gorgon Project site for the electrical works that will be used in the preparation of the site and its temporary construction facilities. The scope of work includes the installation of over 100km of high voltage and low voltage cabling, diesel generators, packaged substations, ring main units, lighting and general earthing throughout the site.

The contract is worth approximately AUD $23 million, and the work is scheduled to commence in the first half of 2010, with a planned completion date in the second half of 2011. The contract follows on from Kentz's previous awards to build the construction village (AUD $500 million) and supply the telecommunications (AUD $150 million) on Barrow Island.

Dr. Hugh O'Donnell, chief executive of Kentz, said: "We are delighted to be playing such a significant role in these two high profile LNG projects. The awards underline the enormous potential that we see for the Australasian LNG market, as well as Kentz's ability to operate successfully in this sector and this geography."

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.