Cape’s Wheatstone Contract to Create 135 New Australian Jobs
Cape plc has entered into an agreement with Bechtel, one of the world’s most respected engineering, project management, and construction companies, for the supply of Scaffold Erection and Dismantling Services on the Chevron-operated Wheatstone Project in Western Australia.
The contract, valued at over AUD $80 (£45) million expects to create 135 new Australian jobs, all located onsite at Ashburton North, 12 kilometres west of Onslow in Western Australia. Jobs include approximately 95 skilled scaffold erectors supported by 40 supervision, safety, administration and management roles.
Joe Oatley, Chief Executive of Cape plc, said: “We are delighted to announce the award of this contract which will create new local employment opportunities and recognises the management and expertise of our recently reshaped Australian business. Building on Cape’s considerable world-class LNG construction expertise, this contract will provide a solid base of project activity for our Australian business.”
“We look forward to working closely with our client, and supporting them in delivering safe, efficient and productive construction activities on one of Australia’s largest resource construction projects.”
The Chevron-operated Wheatstone Project is one of Australia’s largest resource projects. Located at Ashburton North, 12 kilometres west of Onslow in Western Australia, the project will consist of two LNG trains with a combined capacity of 8.9 million tonnes per annum and a domestic gas plant. The foundation project will be fed with natural gas from the Wheatstone and Iago fields, which are operated by an Australian subsidiary of Chevron in a joint venture with Shell and represents 80 percent of the plant’s foundation capacity.
The Wheatstone Project is a joint venture between Australian subsidiaries of Chevron, Apache Corporation, Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Exploration Company (KUFPEC), Shell and Kyushu Electric Power Company (Kyushu) together with PE Wheatstone Pty Ltd (part owned by TEPCO).
November 15, 2013