CIMIC’s UGL scores over $600m in lithium and energy contracts in WA

Aerial view of the Albermarle Kemerton lithium hydroxide plant near Bunbury in southwest WA.
Aerial view of the Albermarle Kemerton lithium hydroxide plant near Bunbury in southwest WA.

UGL, a member of the CIMIC Group, has been awarded several contracts with energy and minerals processing clients in WA, including Albermarle’s Kemerton lithium hydroxide plant and Alcoa Australia’s bauxite and alumina operations.

Albemarle is constructing two additional processing trains at its Kemerton plant to increase production to up to 100,000tpa of lithium hydroxide, supporting the manufacturing of an estimated 2.4 million electric vehicles annually.

UGL’s contract with Albermarle include the provision of construction services at the Kemerton plant near Bunbury, in WA’s southwest, which will generate up to 400 jobs with UGL through the construction phase and revenue for UGL of over $300m.

CIMIC Group executive chairman Juan Santamaria is positive about the UGL-Albermarle contract.

“We are proud to grow our presence in WA and to play a part in expanding high-tech infrastructure and lithium refining in Australia, by contributing to the construction of one of the world’s largest lithium production facilities,” he said.

“This important compound is used for the electrification of transport, which is aligned with our focus on sustainable mobility.”

UGL managing director Doug Moss says UGL has a strong history of working with the world’s largest energy companies to provide expertise and local capability, particularly in WA.

“We’re pleased to support Albemarle’s expansion plans at the Kemerton lithium hydroxide plant,” he said.

“We also provide critical services to the traditional energy sector, supporting the continuity of energy supply and major investment and innovation in the world’s energy transition.”

Other secured contracts in WA that will generate an additional $300m for UGL are:

  • provision of electrical, instrumentation, mechanical and access services for aluminum producer Alcoa’s bauxite and alumina WA operations;
  • provision of brownfields implementation services for a leading energy provider through a joint venture contract which includes planning and execution of mechanical, electrical, instrumentation, access, insulation, coatings and fire protection;
  • front-line and campaign maintenance, brownfield execution scopes and turnaround events at energy company Chevron Australia-operated facilities; and
  • asset preservation services at a leading energy provider’s facilities, through IAS Group – UGL’s wholly owned specialist provider of asset life extension and critical repair solutions in the resources, infrastructure and industrial sectors.

CIMIC Group comprises its construction businesses CPB Contractors, Leighton Asia and Broad, its mining and mineral processing companies Thiess (joint control) and Sedgman, its services specialist UGL and its development and investment arm Pacific Partnerships – all supported by its in-house engineering consultancy EIC Activities.