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Italian technological and engineering platform helps propel project of significance in Australia

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Saipem is one of the world’s largest technological and engineering platforms for the design, construction and operation of safe and sustainable complex infrastructure and plants.

With headquarters in Milan and operations in over 60 countries around the world, Saipem has been present in Australia since the 1960s and is currently based in Perth.

Its most recent projects include the Ichthys Gas Export Pipeline, a 890 km marine gas pipeline, laid by the Castorone, the largest pipelay vessel of the Saipem fleet, and the Gladstone LNG Gas Transmission Pipeline, a 420 km underground pipeline designed to minimize environmental impacts.

In the 1980s, the 1,600 km Dampier-Bunbury Gas Pipeline Expansion was largely built by Saipem.

Saipem has been recently selected by Perdaman Industries, to help establish the $6.6 billion Burrup Urea Project, Australia’s largest urea fertilizer production plant near Karratha in Western Australia, in a 50/50 joint venture with WA engineering company Clough, by transforming natural gas into urea, a widely used fertilizer in the agricultural industry. The project will employ Saipem proprietary Snamprogetti™ Urea technology to ensure state-of-the-art ammonia and urea production with low carbon emission and high energy efficiency.

The project, labelled a Project of State Significance by the WA State government and received Major Project Status from the Federal Government, includes an agreement with the Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation for the delivery of AU$11 million in indigenous funding support over the estimated 25-year life of the project.

In line with Saipem’s approach aiming at creating shared value within the communities in which operates while guiding its clients toward a successful energy transition, the project will involve more than 2,500 skilled contractors during the construction phase, then up to 200 permanent and 500 indirect employees during operations.

The facility will produce by 2024 two million tons of urea per annum, estimated to generate more than $850 million per annum in export earnings for Western Australia.

Moreover, Saipem has recently been awarded a new offshore contract for transportation and installation activities (T&I) by Chevron Australia Pty Ltd for the Jansz-lo Compression Project, the gas field located around 200 kilometres offshore the north-western coast of Australia, at water depths of approximately 1,400 meters. Jansz-lo is part of the Chevron-operated Gorgon Project, a grouping of different fields and one of the world’s largest natural gas developments.

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