Dockwise Awarded Largest Contract Ever by Bechtel

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Blue Marlin loading modules, image: Boskalis

Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. announced today that their heavy-lift subsidiary Dockwise has been awarded a contract by Bechtel for Module Transport Services in support of the Chevron-operated Wheatstone Project in Western Australia. The contract value is estimated at approximately USD $275 million making it the largest contract ever for Dockwise.

Commencing in early 2014, Dockwise will manage the logistics and transportation of over 100 modules from the Wheatstone Project module yards in China and Malaysia to the Wheatstone Project site located at Ashburton North, 12 kilometers west of Onslow in Western Australia.

To complete its scope Boskalis expects to use a total of six Dockwise Heavy Marine Transport Vessels (HTVs) ranging in size from T-Class to Type IV open stern vessels, barges, Floating Super Pallets (FSP), two new SMIT Giant barges and Anchor Handling Tugs (AHTs).

The HTVs will provide on-deck stowage for modules, as well as piggy back capacity for barges/FSPs also carrying modules, whilst the SMIT Giant barge – AHT combination will be used as a towage solution. By combining the comparative advantage of each transport solution and using the broad expertise across the group, a total logistical management and transportation package has been put together.

The Wheatstone Project is one of Australia’s largest energy resource projects and will consist of two LNG trains with a combined capacity of 8.9 million tonnes per annum and a domestic gas plant. The Project is a joint venture between Australian subsidiaries of Chevron, Apache Corporation, Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Exploration Company, Shell and Kyushu Electric Power Company together with PE Wheatstone Pty Ltd (part owned by TEPCO).