Theiss wins AU$ 500 million site preparation contract

By Richard High09 July 2009

Thiess has won a AU$ 500 million (US$ 392 million) contract to construct the site preparation and temporary facilities for the Gorgon Project on Barrow Island, Australia for Chevron Australia.

The work is expected to start after receipt of all necessary government approvals and following a final investment decision on the Chevron operated Gorgon Project from the Gorgon Joint Venture participants, which is expected in the second half of 2009.

This contract is in addition to the AU$ 500 million (US$ 392 million) Construction Village facility project Thiess was awarded last month as part of a joint venture.

The project includes preparation of finished earthwork levels for the LNG plant and associated storage tanks, the production of road base and feedstock for concrete aggregate production, reticulation of site services, material offloading facilities causeway and associated breakwater and the temporary construction facilities that will be used by later contractors to the island.

The Gorgon Project is a joint venture between the Australian subsidiaries of Chevron (Operator), ExxonMobil and Shell, to develop the Greater Gorgon gas fields, located between 130 and 200 km off the north‐west coast of Western Australia.

The Greater Gorgon gas fields contain resources of about 40 trillion ft3 (90 million m3) of gas, Australia's largest‐known gas resource.

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