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Zinfra Wins Contract on Wheatstone Project

Zinfra is pleased to announce it has entered into an agreement with Bechtel for the design and construction of a 132 kV High Voltage Power Cable System for the Chevron-operated Wheatstone Project in Western Australia.

The subcontract has an estimated value of approximately AU $36Million and is expected to support up to 50 engineering, manufacturing jobs at Zinfra, across Australia and onsite at Ashburton North.  Work on the design component began in August 2012 and the subcontract is expected to be completed by January 2016.

The 132 kV High Voltage Power Cable System includes the construction of a highly specialised cable duct bank system using expertise within the fields of engineering, design, construction and commissioning.

Zinfra Managing Director, Tony Beach, said ‘Zinfra is extremely excited to be working on this important and high profile project.  Our contribution leverages our vast experience and core capability in design and construction, and draws on our experience in working in remote locations in Australia.’

About Zinfra:
With a strong utility heritage, Zinfra has specialist experience and capability in designing, constructing, operating and maintaining many of Australia’s major electricity, water and gas transmission and distribution assets.  Zinfra provides end-to-end engineering and design solutions, encompassing feasibility studies, detailed design, construction, operation, maintenance and de-commissioning.  All solutions are delivered with a strong emphasis on safety and using quality systems.  This expertise, combined with a competitive business approach provides a point of distinction to Zinfra’s service offering.

Zinfra has a national footprint, employs in excess of 1,500 skilled and passionate people and has solid experience working in remote locations, and managing the various challenges associated with these environments.

About the Wheatstone Project:
The Chevron-operated Wheatstone Project is one of Australia’s largest resource projects. Located at Ashburton North, 12 kilometres west of Onslow in Western Australia, the project will consist of two LNG trains with a combined capacity of 8.9 million tonnes per annum and a domestic gas plant.  The Wheatstone Project is a joint venture between Australian subsidiaries of Chevron, Apache Corporation, Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Exploration Company (KUFPEC), Shell and Kyushu Electric Power Company (Kyushu) together with PE Wheatstone Pty Ltd (part owned by TEPCO).

About Chevron Australia:
Chevron is one of the world's leading integrated energy companies and through its Australian subsidiaries, has been present in Australia for more than 60 years. With the ingenuity and commitment of more than 3,000 people, Chevron Australia leads the development of the Gorgon and Wheatstone natural gas projects; manages its equal one-sixth interest in the North West Shelf Venture; and operates Australia’s largest onshore oilfield on Barrow Island and the Thevenard Island oilfields.  Chevron is also a significant investor in exploration offshore northwest Australia and its Perth-based Global Technology Centre provides technology support and solutions to the company’s operations in Australia and around the world.

About Bechtel:
Bechtel is among the most respected engineering, project management, and construction companies in the world. We stand apart for our ability to get the job done right—no matter how big, how complex, or how remote. Bechtel operates through five global business units that specialize in civil infrastructure; power generation, communications, and transmission; mining and metals; oil, gas, and chemicals; and government services. Since its founding in 1898, Bechtel has worked on more than 22,000 projects in 140 countries on all seven continents. Today, Bechtel’s 53,000 employees team with customers, partners, and suppliers on diverse projects in nearly 50 countries. For more information about Bechtel visit