Here is a brief rundown of some of Bechtel’s high-profile Australian projects:
Darwin LNG: Bechtel is completing the Darwin liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant in the Northern Territory for ConocoPhillips. Only the second LNG plant to be built in Australia, the facility introduced a new manufacturing technology to the country.
Comalco Alumina Refinery: In 2004, Bechtel completed construction of the first phase of the Comalco Alumina Refinery in Queensland. Built for a subsidiary of Rio Tinto, the largest mining company in the world, the alumina refinery is among the first world-class alumina refineries to be built in Australia.
Curtis Island LNG: The engineering, procurement and construction of the three LNG plants on Curtis Island represents the greatest concentration of Bechtel projects anywhere in the world.
Millmerran Power Station: In 2000, Bechtel completed design and construction of the Millmerran Power Station in Queensland for Millmerran Power Partners. One of the first privately developed power stations in Australia, Millmerran “marks the start of a move to privatization of power generation in Australia,” says Saint.
Olympic Dam Mining and Processing Plant: In 1997, Bechtel completed the expansion of a uranium, copper, and gold mining and processing facility in South Australia for Western Mining Corporation. One of the biggest underground uranium mines in the world, Olympic Dam also represents one of the largest single capital investments in Australia.
Pasminco Century Mine: In 1998, Bechtel completed design and construction of one of only a few zinc processing facilities in the world, at Pasminco Century Mine in the northwest Queensland outback. The mine is responsible for 30 percent of Australia’s annual zinc production.
Portland Aluminum Smelter: Built in 1986 for Alcoa of Australia, the Portland aluminum smelter in Victoria is the largest aluminum smelter in the southern hemisphere. Placed in a park-like setting, the facility is a major tourist attraction as well as a big contributor to Australia’s economy.
Port Waratah Coal Terminal: Bechtel completed expansion of the Port Waratah coal terminal in Kooragang Island, Newcastle, New South Wales, for Port Waratah Coal Services. When completed in 2001, it was the largest dry bulk coal shipping terminal in the world.
Vodafone: In 2007, Bechtel completed project management work in support of Vodafone’s 3G network upgrade, a vendor-built high-speed network whose 1,096-cell site first phase included Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, and Geelong.