Western Australian Resources Minister Colin Barnett today welcomed Clough Engineering’s appointment as local partner to German firm Tessag INA on the A$600 million Syntroleum Sweetwater gas-to-liquids project proposed for the Burrup Peninsula in the State’s North West.
Mr Barnett said under the appointment, Clough would provide local engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) input on the project’s offsite utility systems, buildings and warehouses.
He said Tessag was appointed as overall EPC contractor by Syntroleum in 1999, and had begun subcontracting work in the run up to a project go-ahead decision expected in the first quarter of 2001.
“I am pleased Tessag chose Clough as its partner on this important project because many levels of Government have been advocating the skills and capabilities of Western Australian local industry with the project owners for some time,” Mr Barnett said.
Mr Barnett has met with representatives of the Syntroleum Board on several occasions since the project’s inception and also discussed the project with senior executives of Tessag AG when he visited Europe in May.
“Syntroleum and Tessag have both indicated to me a strong desire to work with Australian suppliers to achieve a high level of local content in the Sweetwater project’s construction phase,” he said.
“The Department of Resources Development and the Western Australian Industrial Supplies Office have also maintained close contact with Syntroleum and Tessag throughout the project’s early development stages to maximise Western Australian participation in the project.”
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