Kentz, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, has been working on projects in Western Australia for more than 20 years. Kentz has supplied services for most of the major oil and gas developments and built a formidable reputation for being able to deliver in challenging and remote environments. In 2009, Kentz was awarded the first of three major contracts to provide engineering and construction services on the Gorgon LNG Project, a greenfield development in a Class A nature reserve and cyclone corridor, off the coast of Western Australia. The Greater Gorgon gas fields, one of Australia's largest-known gas resources, contain about 40 trillion cubic feet of gas.
Three contracts for a major project
The Gorgon Project is operated by an Australian subsidiary of Chevron, Chevron Australia Pty Ltd., and is a joint venture of the Australian subsidiaries of Chevron (approximately 47 per cent), ExxonMobil (25 per cent) and Shell (25 per cent), Osaka Gas (1.25 per cent), Tokyo Gas (one per cent) and Chubu Electric Power (0.417 per cent). Chevron Australia, the principal operator, awarded the Kentz, Decmil, Thiess Joint Venture (TDKJV) a contract to design and build the construction village for some 4,000 workers on Barrow Island to support the future development of the LNG facility. Kentz was responsible for providing engineering and design capabilities, as well as supplying all offshore procurement, whilst their partners provided the project management, local procurement and construction services.
The Kentz EPC business was also awarded the telecommunications package, which included design, supply, installation, testing and commissioning services. The remoteness of the project site called for the use of state-of-the-art telecommunications technology, including converged IP networks for multiple data streams, satellite data communications, navigational aids, including radar and vessel tracking, meteorological and oceanographic systems, site wide WAN/LAN with network management, central fire and security monitoring, and data transmission on both fiber optic and microwave.
The final scope of work, which is nearing completion in 2015, was for the mechanical, electrical and instrumentation construction package with our joint venture partner, CB&I. The contract scope included the structural, mechanical, piping, electrical, instrumentation and commissioning support for the construction of three LNG trains, with a total capacity 15 million tonnes per annum, including associated utilities and a domestic gas processing and compression plant.
Committed to our clients
Client focus is at the centre of everything we do. The structure of our people, our service offering and our universal processes and procedures are focused on delivering projects for clients in the safest and most efficient manner. We are committed to providing a quality and innovative service to all our clients. It was as a result of this commitment that Kentz was able to deliver and secure new scopes of work on the Gorgon Project as new development phases commenced.