John Holland to develop Wheatstone Village in Australia

13 December 2011 (Last Updated December 13th, 2011 18:30)

John Holland has secured a $370m contract from Bechtel Australia to design and build the accommodation village for Chevron's WA Wheatstone gas project near Onslow on the Pilbara coast in western Australia.

John Holland has secured a $370m contract from Bechtel Australia to design and build the accommodation village for Chevron’s WA Wheatstone gas project near Onslow on the Pilbara coast in western Australia.

Under the contract, the Leighton Holdings subsidiary will start work immediately on the 3,800-bed village near Onslow.

The project also includes recreation centres, a football pitch, a swimming pool, tennis courts, a medical centre and restaurants.

The firm said the project is expected to create jobs for local people, as well as provide employment and economic opportunities for local residents.

Glenn Palin, John Holland Group managing director, 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."

The construction work on the village project is expected to be complete by the second quarter of 2014.

Adam Harry, the company’s general manager for the western region, said the firm looked forward to delivering the village to fit into the overall timeline for Wheatstone.

"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," he added.

The Wheatstone project involves the construction of two liquefied natural gas (LNG) trains and a domestic gas plant 12km west of the coastal town of Onslow.

The gas will be transported through a pipeline from an offshore processing platform, 225km off the coast to the onshore facilities and the first LNG shipments are planned for 2016.