Australia: John Holland Secures Wheatstone Accommodation Village Work

Northern view of the Wheatstone Project site

John Holland has secured a key contract with Bechtel Australia Pty Ltd to design and construct the accommodation village for Chevron’s Wheatstone LNG project near Onslow on Western Australia’s Pilbara coast.

With a contract value of approximately $370 million, the 3,800-bed village is one of the first major projects to be awarded for Wheatstone. Work on the village will begin immediately and is due for completion in the second quarter of 2014.

John Holland Group Managing Director, Glenn Palin, said: “This is a significant project for John Holland and further vindicates our strategy to position our business as a contractor of choice for non-process infrastructure in the oil and gas sector. I am particularly pleased to build on the strong relationship we have with Chevron and its world-class gas projects in Western Australia.

John Holland General Manager, Western Region, Adam Harry, said: “It is exciting to work at the start of the Wheatstone project. Through our discussions for this work, and in delivering non-process infrastructure for Gorgon, it is clear that Chevron, Bechtel and John Holland share the same commitment and values when it comes to safety, people and the environment. We look forward to successfully delivering the village to ensure the overall timeline for Wheatstone can be achieved.”

In addition to the accommodation units, the village will include recreation centres, football oval, swimming pool, tennis courts, medical centre and dining facilities. The project will generate hundreds of local employment opportunities, while a range of strategies will also be implemented to maximise the number of apprentices and trainees and to provide employment and economic opportunities for Indigenous people.

The Wheatstone project involves the construction of two liquefied natural gas (LNG) trains and domestic gas plant 12 kilometres west of the coastal town of Onslow. Gas will be transported via a pipeline from an offshore processing platform 225 kilometres off the coast to the onshore facilities. First LNG shipments are planned for 2016.

LNG World News Staff, December 12, 2011; Image: Chevron