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John Holland to build $370m Wheatstone village
John Holland to build $370m Wheatstone village

Contractor John Holland will effectively build a $370 million town from scratch in one of the first big projects of Chevron's Wheatstone LNG project.

The Leighton Holdings subsidiary has won the job with lead contractor Bechtel Australia to design and construct Wheatstone's 3800-room accommodation village near Onslow.

The project will include recreation centres, a football oval, swimming pool, tennis courts, medical centre and dining facilities.

Premier Colin Barnett and Chevron executives broke the ground on the $29 billion Wheatstone project earlier this month after the energy giant gave it the green light in September.

Wheatstone is expected to create 6500 jobs, including 3500 in construction, over the next five years as two LNG trains and a domestic gas plant are built and linked to four gas fields in the Carnarvon Basin.

Work on the accommodation village will begin immediately and is due for completion by mid-2014.

John Holland's win continues Leighton's association with Chevron projects. Another Leighton subsidiary, Thiess, is helping build the $700 million accommodation village at the Chevron-led Gorgon LNG project on Barrow Island in a joint venture with WA's Decmil Group and Kentz Corp.

Decmil also gained an early foot in the door at Wheatstone with a $70 million contract to build a temporary accommodation camp for the early construction period.

John Holland group managing director Glenn Palin said the project win vindicated the company's strategy to position the business as a contractor of choice for non-process infrastructure in the oil and gas sector.

John Holland general manager, western region, Adam Harry said Chevron, Bechtel and John Holland shared the same commitment and values on safety, people and the environment. "We look forward to successfully delivering the village to ensure the overall timeline for Wheatstone can be achieved," Mr Harry said.

John Holland operates globally and has more than $7 billion work in hand.

┬ĚThiess also announced yesterday it had won a $140 million contract with electricity distributor Ausgrid to build a cable tunnel under Sydney's CBD. The 132 kilovolt City East Cable Tunnel project involves constructing a segmentally lined 3.5m diameter tunnel under the city.

Leighton rose 23¢ to $21.25. A TOWN LIKE THIS 3800 The number of accommodation units in the proposed Wheatstone village