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Civil works start on AMC petroleum service and supply base

The new supply base includes construction of a new wharf to accommodate roll-on/roll-off vessels of up to 200m in length, with an associated 4-hectare staging area for truck trailers.Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls said the base would enable companies like Chevron Australia to deliver significant amounts of equipment by sea that would “ultimately reduce the number of road trains required to service their operations”.Works on the base are expected to be completed by July 2010.Abigroup had won the $A23 million marine, civil and associated works contract that requires the company to carry out civil works such as drainage, roads and lighting towers, marine works such as mooring structures and seawall construction, electrical services and hydraulics work.Chevron Australia will be using the service and supply base to support operations for its giant Gorgon project off WA’s northwest coast.Meanwhile, Abigroup has secured $3.2 billion worth of new work in the first nine months of 2009 despite the impact of the global financial crisis. The company is also confident its volume for this calendar year will again hit the $2 billion mark.Managing director David Jurd said it was a remarkable result considering that over a year ago the private building market had collapsed and the company was facing a big hole in its business.“Yet here we are one year on and our volume this calendar year, with a full 12-month GFC impact, will again hit the $2 billion mark – a fantastic result,” he said.Jurd said the Australian government’s Building Education Revolution initiative had helped Abigroup secure contracts worth more than $300 million to upgrade schools in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland.The company is also currently bidding for large road and rail projects in Victoria and NSW as well as working on projects like the Gateway Bridge upgrade in Queensland and the Adelaide Desalination plant.Jurd said Abigroup had also diversified into new businesses and new locations to help escape from the traditional boom and bust construction cycle. “The desalination plant project is a good illustration of why we’ve not suffered as much as we could in the GFC,” he said.“The desalination plant is one of several large projects currently involving our water business and we also have our telecommunications and mining services businesses as well as new offices in Tasmania, Western Australia and South Australia.”

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