Down under for £11.5m contract

DOWN UNDER: Alex Hayward, managing director of Phusion, says the contract will boost the firm globally

DOWN UNDER: Alex Hayward, managing director of Phusion, says the contract will boost the firm globally

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A FIRM has gone down under to win a prestigious £11.5m contract in the Australian gas industry.

Billingham firm Phusion has been appointed as data management contractor for the INPEX-led Ichthys LNG Project in a six-year deal.

The deal extends Phusion’s growing contracts in Australia where the company is already engaged on the giant Chevron Gorgon project.

Gas from the Ichthys field, in the Browse Basin around 125 miles off the coast of Western Australia, will undergo preliminary processing offshore to remove water and extract condensate, a bi-product of gas production.

The condensate will be pumped to the floating production, storage and offloading facility anchored nearby, from which it will be transferred to tankers for delivery to markets.

The gas will be exported to onshore processing facilities in Darwin via an 550-mile subsea pipeline.

Phusion will assist INPEX by efficiently managing enormous amounts of engineering data associated with the Ichthys LNG Project.

Steve Pearson, executive chairman of Phusion, formerly known as Pearson-Harper, said: “It brings the current value of our workload in Australia to more than £20m over the next three years.

“We are very proud to becoming recognised around the world as a leader in engineering information management.”

Alex Hayward, managing director of Phusio, added: “This contract will result in the continued growth of our operations in Billingham in the UK and Perth in Western Australia.”