Valmec discontinues John Holland claim

11/06/2021 - 15:00

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Kewdale-based Valmec and construction company John Holland have settled a long-running dispute over work completed on the state government’s $1 billion NorthLink transport project.

Valmec discontinues John Holland claim
The Valmec board has declared a 1.2 cents per share special dividend. Photo: Valmec

Kewdale-based Valmec and construction company John Holland have settled a long-running dispute over work completed on the state government’s $1 billion NorthLink transport project.

On Friday, Valmec said it had discontinued its claim against John Holland after both parties agreed to a confidential settlement.

Valmec managing director Steve Dropulich said it was a satisfactory outcome.

The board has also declared a 1.2 cents per share special dividend, to be paid on July 7.

Valmec had commenced Supreme Court proceedings against John Holland in August 2018, claiming about $12 million from the construction giant over work completed on the NorthLink project’s southern section in early 2018, from Guildford Road to Reid Highway.

John Holland was the head contractor for the project, led by Main Roads Western Australia.

Valmec was hired in mid-2016 under a $13.3 million subcontract.

In August 2018, Valmec alleged there was a “breakdown in protracted commercial discussions” since completing work on the project.

Valmec’s claim was prepared and reviewed by its external construction lawyers and by its independent project engineering experts, to ensure there was a proper basis for the claim to be made against John Holland,” Valmec said.

The contractor also said it had made provisions in its financial results for 2018 in relation to the project but did not disclose the amount.

Shares in Valmec were up 1.5 per cent to trade at 34 cents, as at 3:13pm AEST on Friday.

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