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John Holland wins $125m Worsley contract

12/09/2008 - 10:11

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Brisbane-headquartered contractor John Holland secured a $125 million contract for construction works at the $2 billion expansion of the Worsley Alumina refinery in Western Australia.

John Holland wins $125m Worsley contract

Brisbane-headquartered contractor John Holland secured a $125 million contract for construction works at the $2 billion expansion of the Worsley Alumina refinery in Western Australia.

John Holland said it will carry out the structural mechanical and piping construction works on the alumina refinery, with work to start this month and completion scheduled for June 2010.

A total of $3 billion is being invested by Worlsey's owners, led by 86-per cent shareholder BHP Billiton.

Some $2 billion of that will be spent on the refinery to increase output from 3.5 million tonne per year to 4.6mtpa.

On top of that is $500 million for the development of a new bauxite mine and $500 million for construction of a new power station.

First production is expected in the first half of 2011.

 

Below is the full announcement:

John Holland is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a $125 million contract for Structural Mechanical and Piping construction works on Worsley Alumina's $2.5 billion Efficiency and Growth Alumina Refinery Project in Western Australia.

The Area 1 mechanical and piping works will increase the alumina refinery capacity by over 30 per cent, from 3.5 to 4.6 million tonnes per annum. The contract will involve construction of new processing facilities for bauxite blending and storage, calcination, filtration, classification and alumina handling. Process piping works and modifications to the site's existing precipitation facility will also be undertaken as part of the works.

John Holland's scope of work includes pre-assembly and installation of 6000 tonnes of structural steel, 56,000 metres of piping and 200 tonnes of bulk mechanical items.

John Holland Group Managing Director, David Stewart said: "This new contract again highlights our position as a leading provider of innovative engineering services to the Australian resources sector. We look forward to re-establishing a strong relationship with Worsley Alumina and the individual joint venture partners involved with the project."

General Manager of John Holland's Structural Mechanical Process business, Brendan Petersen, said: "This is the major mechanical and piping installation package for Worsley's E&G Project and follows on from our recent contract win on the Yarwun Alumina Refinery Project in Queensland. The new contract highlights our previous experience in refinery construction and reinforces our position as one of the leading providers of construction services in the minerals processing industry."

Work will commence in September, 2008 and is expected to be completed by June, 2010.

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