Kentz wins Ichthys LNG instrumentation contract

Kentz awarded a $570 million contract to its Australian subsidiary for the electrical and instrumentation (E&I) construction packages for the onshore facilities of the Ichthys LNG project in Darwin, Australia.

This contract was awarded by JKC Australia LNG (JKC), a JV between JGC, KBR and Chiyoda. JKC is responsible for the engineering, procurement and construction of the Ichthys LNG project's onshore facilities, including the gas processing plant at Blaydin Point.

The contract, for which site preparation work will commence in August 2014, has a duration of 30 months and will provide more than 1,200 jobs for construction personnel. The contract scope includes the provision of services for site wide E&I installation on a unit rate re-measurable basis for the two process trains and utilities, and additional pre-commissioning and commissioning expertise.

The Ichthys LNG project is a JV between INPEX group companies (the operator), major partner Total and the Australian subsidiaries of Tokyo Gas, Osaka Gas, Chubu Electric Power and Toho Gas.

It is expected to produce 8.4 million tpy of LNG and 1.6 million tpy of LPG, along with approximately 100,000 bpd of condensate at peak.

"It is extremely pleasing to secure a further major construction contract on the Ichthys project; in this instance, for the E&I construction contract," said Michael Murphy, construction group president at Kentz, "This adds to the recently awarded structural, mechanical and piping (SMP) contract, the temporary telecoms package that our EPC business unit is now completing, and the underground electrical and instrumentation construction contract.

"This award, which provides visibility to 2017, further strengthens our position in the Australian LNG market and extends our relationship with JKC through the development of this important asset."

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