Pilbara contracts worth $60m

Nomad Building Solutions Ltd subsidiaries, Modular Building Pty Ltd and MacGrath Homes, have secured $60 million worth of new contracts in the Pilbara courtesy of the state’s mining giants. All of the contracts are scheduled for completion between June and December this year. Nomad’s biggest single contracts were with Woodside Petroleum Ltd and Apache Energy Ltd, each worth $19 million. For Woodside, the company will supply and install offices and facilities at its Pluto Site B, starting in May 2008 and estimated to be completed by October 2008. In the same timeframe, the subsidiaries will build a 200-person village at Apache Energy’s Devils Creek project. Meanwhile, engineering firm ARUP has signed an $8 million contract for the supply of 20 houses, commencing in June 2008 and scheduled for completion by December 2008. In addition, Nomad has secured two individual contracts worth $7 million from BHP Billiton iron ore, and Rio Tinto’s Robe River Mining. The BHP project will comprise a 120-room upgrade at stage six of the Yandi project, while the Rio contract will deliver a 162-room upgrade at West Angelus. Both projects are due to commence shortly and be completed by June 2008. Nomad managing director Phil Guy said project wins of this type were a core business for the group and underpinned its strategic plans for the future. In addition to the new contracts, Nomad Modular Building last week made several additions to its management team, appointing former Macmahon Holdings Ltd executive, Philip Hatt, as chief executive officer. Mr Hatt, who was executive general manager, strategic development for Macmahon, will report to Nomad’s managing director, Phil Guy. The subsidiary has also brought consultant Tony Fifield on to the permanent team as general manager commercial/contracts. Mr Fifield, who was formerly managing Woodside’s Pluto project, will report to Mr Hatt. Nomad’s new contracts follow its acquisition earlier this month of Rapley Wilkinson’s construction, property management and modular building business units for $40 million.

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