Kentz Secures Ichthys Gig, Australia
Kentz Corporation Limited, the holding company of the Kentz engineering and construction group, announced the award of an AUD$104m (approx. US$100m) largely reimbursable contract for the underground electrical and instrumentation package for the Ichthys LNG Project in Darwin, Australia.
Leighton Contractors has awarded this contract to work in alliance with Kentz’s Construction Business Unit, as part of the main civil works package for the Ichthys Project’s onshore LNG facilities. The contract duration is expected to be 17 months from mobilisation to final handover in Q4 2014. The scope of Kentz’s contract includes the installation of an earthing system that will be integral to the plant and the installation and testing of all underground electrical, instrumentation and telecommunication cables.
The Ichthys LNG Project is a joint venture between INPEX group companies, major partner TOTAL group companies and the Australian subsidiaries of Tokyo Gas, Osaka Gas, Chubu Electric Power, and Toho Gas. It is expected to produce 8.4 million tonnes of LNG and 1.6 million tonnes of LPG per annum, along with approximately 100,000 barrels of condensate per day at peak.
Chris Warlow, Kentz’s Regional Managing Director for Australasia, commented: “It is pleasing to be announcing this major contract award on the Ichthys Project for work in the early phases of construction and adds to the temporary telecoms package that our EPC business unit is currently executing.
“The Ichthys LNG Project will be one of the most important LNG developments to take place in Australia during the coming decade. The strength of our Construction Business Unit in winning and executing work on major LNG facilities in Australia continues to demonstrate our ability to capitalise on our global presence and grow LNG market share.”
The main civil works package was awarded to Leighton Contractors in December 2012 by JKC Australia LNG Pty Ltd (JKC), a joint venture between JGC Corporation, KBR and Chiyoda Corporation.