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Leighton Contractors awarded contract by APLNG

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Australia Pacific LNG (APLNG) has awarded Leighton Contractors, a construction company owned by CIMIC Group, a contract for the development of its gas fields in the Surat basin, Queensland, Australia.

The contract states that Leighton Contractors will deliver approximately 200 wells per year for two years. This collaborative well delivery (CWD) project is estimated to generate approximately AUS$300 million, and supports the supply of LNG to APLNG’s export station on Curtis Island. Amec Foster Wheeler, which has worked on the design of APLNG’s upstream infrastructure for the past four years, will handle the design of the project, whilst local suppliers, workers and subcontractors will deliver a minimum of 15% of the total project works.

Román Garrido, the Managing Director of Leighton Contractors, said: “This contract extends the upstream infrastructure we have delivered for APLNG in the past three years.”

“Our team’s experience with managing the complex interfaces across design, construction and commissioning and ongoing collaboration with our client will ensure new assets are integrated effectively and deliver value to APLNG operations.”

Marcelino Fernández Verdes, the CEO and Executive Chairman of CIMIC, said: “The CIMIC Group and Leighton Contractors’ significant gas sector experience enables us to provide high value solutions for clients who are developing major gas infrastructure and transitioning to long term sustaining operations. Our diverse capabilities and ability to consistently deliver to client requirements provide a range of opportunities for us in this sector.”

David Baldwin, the CEO of Origin’s gas and LNG business, said: “We are delighted to see the partnership between Leighton Contractors and APLNG extend into the sustain phase. The CWD project represents significant savings of 45% per well connected for APLNG relative to wells delivered during the construction phase of the project, in addition to aligning Leighton Contractors and APLNG around an ongoing continuous improvement programme that leverages the experience of both partners.”

The planning phase for the first project has started, with construction expected to being in early October 2015.

Edited from various sources by David Rowlands

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