Thiess wins $212 million Gorgon deal

Thiess has signed a new contract to deliver further civil works on the Chevron-operated Gorgon Project in Western Australia.

Thiess has signed a new contract to deliver further civil works on the Chevron-operated Gorgon Project in Western Australia.

Under the agreement, Thiess will deliver civil works up to the value of $212 million over the next two years.

The works cover earthworks, underground services, concrete works and building works.

Managing director Bruce Munro said the project was delivering major benefits.

“LNG Projects like Gorgon are providing major economic and employment benefits to the national, start and local economies he said.

The Gorgon Project is one of Australia’s single biggest developments with an estimated resource base of more than 40 trillion cubic feet of gas and a nominal development life of around 60 years.

Gorgon is expected to have an annual production capacity of 15.6 million tonnes of LNG, exporting to countries like Japan and China

But the first LNG from the project has been pushed back from the original date of 2014 to 2015 as development costs rise to $52bn, a cost blowout of $9 billion.

In a bid to improve productivity, staff working on the project were banned from using chairs and told not to sit down during their shift.

A memo titled “Efficient production of work crews” was issued to employees on Sunday by Leighton Contractors. It outlined a number of instructions which aim to reduce downtime on site and warned wages would be docked if procedure was breached, AFR reported.

“Labour is not allowed to sit down during normal working hours, unless their duties require,” the notice stated.

“Labour is allowed to sit down during normal working hours in the approved shade huts for short rest breaks and hydration. Full crews are not allowed in the shade hut, only one at a time so work can always continue on the site.”

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