A 50:50 joint venture between John Holland and Macmahon Holdings has been awarded the $340 million site development civil works contract by the JKC Joint Venture (JGC Corporation, KBR, Chiyoda Corporation) for the onshore facilities of the Ichthys LNG Project near Darwin in the Northern Territory.


The JV will see the two companies undertake civil construction works associated with delivering the finished earthwork levels for the LNG plant and associated facilities. The works will include access roads, drainage and ground improvement works required for the establishment of the project.


John Holland Group Managing Director, Glenn Palin, said: “Today’s award reflects the diversity of John Holland and our ability to deliver a vast range of works across the energy and resources sector, from site preparation through to design, delivery and commissioning works.”


Gavin Stubbs, General Manager of John Holland’s Northern Region business, said: “John Holland has a long history in Darwin and a record of working closely with local suppliers in the delivery of major construction works.


We look forward to using our local knowledge and experience in the resources sector to deliver long-term employment and economic benefits for the people of the Northern Territory.”


John Holland’s current portfolio of work in the Northern Territory includes the Robertson Barracks redevelopment works - Part 1 and Part 2 and the SkyCity Resort development.


The Ichthys LNG Project is a joint venture between INPEX (76%, the operator) and Total (24%). Gas from the Ichthys Field, in the Browse Basin approximately 200 kilometres offshore of Western Australia, will undergo preliminary processing offshore to remove water and extract condensate. The gas will then be exported to onshore processing facilities in Darwin via an 889km subsea pipeline. The Ichthys LNG Project is expected to produce 8.4 million tonnes of LNG and 1.6 million tonnes of LPG per annum, along with approximately 100,000 barrels of condensate per day at peak.


Early works on the project will commence almost immediately with site works starting in early April 2012. Completion of the site development work is scheduled for mid-2014.