Cimic, the Australian subsidiary of the Spanish group ACS, announced on Tuesday that its company UGL has been awarded a contract worth about 500 million Australian dollars (324.5 million dollars or 297 million euros) to provide fuel support network of the Australian Ministry of Defence.
Starting this month, UGL will provide strategic advisory, planning, supply management, operations and maintenance services for the Australian Defense Forces fuel network across the country, according to a statement published on Tuesday by Cimic.
The six-year contract has performance-based extension options until 2035. The company expects the works to create more than 350 jobs, as well as career opportunities for apprentices through new training program. There are also opportunities for local suppliers.
Cimic companies “deliver major projects and services to major Army, Air Force and Navy bases across Australia, including some of the country’s most complex infrastructure and ship repair and refit services war,” it said. its executive president, Juan Santamaría, through the aforementioned statement.
In addition to UGL, the Cimic group, which specializes in construction and engineering development, mining, infrastructure services, includes the companies CPB Contractors, Leighton Asia and Thiess (in which it has a 50% stake), among others .
“We are pleased to further strengthen our partnership with ADF by combining this experience with UGL’s capabilities in energy, resources, logistics, operations and maintenance to offer an effective and collaborative solution,” added Santamaría. For his part, UGL CEO Doug Moss emphasized that UGL’s experience and presence across the country will provide a “robust and capable” fuel network to the Australian Defense Forces.
Additional operations in Australia
But this is not the only contract that ACS got this August in Australia. Just a few days ago the company announced that through this same subsidiary it was awarded several new contracts in the country for a combined value of more than 600 million Australian dollars (360 million euros) in the field of mining and energy.
In particular, its subsidiary company UGL will provide construction services for a lithium hydroxide plant near Bunbury (Western Australia) for the Albemarle mining company. This first contract will create up to 400 jobs during the construction phase and an income for UGL of more than 300 million Australian dollars (180 million euros), as reported by Cimic in a statement.
Albemarle is also expanding its operations by building two additional processing trains at its Kemerton plant and providing electrical, mechanical and access services for Alcoa’s bauxite and aluminum operations in Western Australia.