Clough AMEC to provide maintenance services to ammonia facilities in Western Australia
Clough AMEC has secured a contract to offer maintenance services to ammonia facilities in Western Australia that cater to international and domestic fertiliser markets and explosives in the mining industry.
The five-year contract comes with an option to extend to 2027. This will be Clough AMEC’s debut into Australia’s petrochemicals sector.
Clough AMEC is a 50-50 joint venture between Clough and Amec Foster Wheeler that was formed in 2004 to provide engineering, operations and maintenance services to the Australasian oil and gas industry.
Clough AMEC director Nigel Hudson said: "Since the JV was formed 13 years ago, Clough AMEC has built an impressive track record for delivering operations, maintenance and shutdown success in the oil and gas sector in Australasia.
"This entry into the Australian petrochemicals sector recognises our success in delivering cost-effective solutions for our customers. It strengthens our position as the asset support services contractor of choice."
Under the deal, the JV will provide maintenance planning support and routine maintenance services and shutdowns, as well as the supply of management, tools and systems to the Yara Pilbara Fertilisers Pty Ltd (YPFPL) and Yara Pilbara Nitrates PTY (YPNPL) facilities near Karratha.
Owned by Yara Pilbara Holdings, YPFPL has an annual production capability of around 850,000 metric tonnes. Ammonia produced from the facility is sold in Australia, and South-East Asian markets such as Indonesia and Korea. Liquid ammonia serves as an essential raw material in the manufacture of fertilisers.
Located adjacent to YPFPL is YPNPL, an ammonium nitrate facility that opened last year with an investment of £487m. This plant manufactures ammonium nitrate used for explosives in the domestic mining market.
This contract for Amec Foster Wheeler will support its strategy to leverage its skills into adjacent sectors and grow its chemicals business.