Hertel Modern awarded major contract on Gorgon Project
Chevron, the operator of the Gorgon Project in Western Australia, has awarded the contract to deliver painting, insulation and fireproofing services to industrial services company Hertel Modern, the Australian arm of the international Hertel group.
Valued at around AUD 90 million, the contract will run over a three-year period. Work is due to start in early 2012.
Hertel Modern was formed when the Hertel Group purchased a controlling interest in Perth-based Modern Industries Pty Ltd in 2010, because of its wide experience in insulation and in particular, its previous experience in the LNG sector. Since then Hertel has invested in the expertise and facilities of the company. The acquisition was part of the group’s strategic move to follow its global customers by expanding its offer in Asia and Australia, and moreover to serve the LNG market in Australia as well as the major fabrication yards in Asia in a comprehensive manner.
Andrew White, Hertel Modern Managing Director, said: “This contract is based upon our strength and the depth of experience in cryogenic insulation and fireproofing applications. It will also see us grow our capability in the region and is a significant boost for our workforce.”
“An important part of this contract will be to put in place a training programme for new workers in these highly specialised areas and to build upon the strong safety culture we adopt at Hertel.”
Hertel Modern has one of the largest sheet metal fabrication facilities in Western Australia. Prefabrication will take place at this facility, which is based in Malaga, Perth. From there, installation on equipment and preassemblies will be executed at the Australian Marine Complex at Henderson and module interconnections and final installation on site at Barrow Island.
Simon Kramer, Hertel’s Regional Managing Director Asia Pacific, added: “Hertel has been growing its presence in the Asia Pacific region during the last three years. 'Winning the Gorgon contract demonstrates that our strategy for Asia Pacific delivers the results we had envisaged. Winning such an important contract is a major milestone for Hertel as a whole and I am very proud of our team”.
Hertel’s LNG Competence Centre
Projects such as these will be supported by and in parallel grow the expertise gathered in the Hertel LNG competence centre. The centre, which is based in Perth, brings together a team of LNG specialists, who are able to draw upon over 200 years of combined experience in construction and maintenance of plants. This allows Hertel to deliver on major LNG projects in Asia, Europe and the Middle East.
The Gorgon Project is one of the world's largest natural gas projects and the largest single-resource project in Australia's history. It is operated by Chevron and is a joint venture of the Australian subsidiaries of Chevron (approximately 47%), ExxonMobil (25%), Shell (25%), Osaka Gas (1.25%), Tokyo Gas (1%) and Chubu Electric Power (0.417%).
Image © Chevron
Monday 12th of December 2011, 12:22:22 PM GMT
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