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ATCO wins $100M deal to supply modular buildings for Australian LNG project

Will supply 357 buildings for Chevron-operated Wheatstone LNG project in western Australia



CALGARY—ATCO’s structures division has inked a $100-million deal to build and install 357 modular units for a liquified natural gas project in Australia.

According to ATCO Structures and Logistics, a subsidiary of Alberta-based energy and utilities giant ATCO, it has been awarded a sub-contract from engineering and project management firm Bechtel to supply the buildings for the Chevron-operated Wheatstone LNG project in western Australia.

The contract kicked off last month.

The company expects to create 137 new jobs, including 42 manufacturing jobs in Perth and Brisbane, Australia, and 95 jobs based on-site at Ashburton North, 12 kilometres west of Onslow in western Australia.

The new roles created on site include engineering, plumbing, carpentry, electrical trades, general labouring and administrative positions.

According to ATCO, the agreement also supports 70 existing manufacturing, in-house subcontractor and support staff positions.

The units will be built at ATCO’s manufacturing facilities in Brisbane and Perth.

The 150,000 sq. ft. facility in Perth is the newest addition to ATCO’s construction operations in Australia.

The plant is expected to be fully operational in September 2013 and will supply approximately 60 per cent of the required units for the Wheatstone Project.

ATCO’s portion of the manufacturing work is expected to begin in July 2013 and completion is scheduled for the end of the second quarter of 2014.

This is ATCO’s fourth major contract win supporting LNG projects in Australia.

In 2011 and 2012, ATCO delivered three large workforce housing projects for LNG facilities on Curtis Island, providing more than 6,000 beds for workers constructing LNG terminals.

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