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  • Clough AMEC awarded maintenance services contract to partner with Yara International ASA

    Perth, 10 August 2017 – Murray & Roberts is pleased to announce that Clough (part of the Oil & Gas business platform), through the Clough AMEC joint venture, has secured a five-year contract, with an option to extend for a further five years, to provide maintenance services to Norwegian company Yara International ASA. Clough AMEC will provide maintenance services to Yara’s existing liquid ammonia plant (“Yara Pilbara Ammonia Plant”) and to the world’s first technical ammonium nitrate (“TAN”) manufacturing plant (“TAN Plant”) on the Burrup Peninsula, located near Karratha in Western Australia.

    Peter Bennett, Clough CEO and Clough AMEC Director comments: “Clough AMEC is delighted to be awarded this contract. Over the past two years, Clough AMEC has worked hard to establish itself in the onshore oil, gas and petrochemical maintenance sector. This is Clough AMEC’s first onshore petrochemical maintenance contract in Australia, with services to be provided to one of the world's largest liquid ammonia production facilities.”

    The scope includes providing maintenance planning support, supplying management services, supervision, tradespeople, tooling and systems, including the Clough Automated Maintenance system (CAMS), to perform routine maintenance services and shutdowns at the Yara Pilbara Ammonia Plant and the TAN Plant.

    Henry Laas, Group Chief Executive, Murray & Roberts added: “The Group’s strategy requires that our service offerings provide coverage of clients’ requirements across the full project life cycle in all chosen regions. This provides diversification benefits both in relation to geographic risk and the spread of revenue and earnings across all segments or phases of the project life cycle. Clough AMEC’s maintenance contract win is a prime example of what we are working towards achieving across the Group.”

    The Yara Pilbara Ammonia Plant forms part of Yara International’s global production facility portfolio and is one of the largest ammonia production facilities in the world, with production capacity of 850 000 metric tons of liquid ammonia exported from the Dampier Port and traded on South East Asian markets.

    The new TAN Plant, fully integrated with the Yara Pilbara Ammonia Plant, is in the final commissioning stages and will have a 330 000 tonne TAN capacity per annum. TAN is the main component in explosives used by the mining, quarrying and construction industries. The TAN produced by the TAN Plant will be marketed and distributed by Orica predominately to mining customers.

    “This contract award validates the great work our people have done in delivering fit-for-purpose maintenance solutions, that have a continuous focus on identifying and implementing cost saving opportunities and exceeding operational performance goals”, concludes Bennett.

    For further information contact:

    Ed Jardim

    Murray & Roberts Group

    Group Investor and Media Executive



    About Clough AMEC:

    Clough AMEC is a 50/50 Joint venture between Clough and Amec Foster Wheeler. The Joint Venture was established in 2004 to provide engineering, operations and maintenance services to the Australasian oil and gas industry. Clough AMEC has offices in Perth, Darwin, Gladstone, Brisbane, Melbourne, Port Moresby and Dili as well as access to a combined worldwide resource pool of over 40,000 people.

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    About Clough:

    Clough works with some of the world’s largest companies to engineer, construct, commission and maintain critical facilities for the oil and gas, metals and minerals and infrastructure sectors. Clough’s full project lifecycle delivery model reduces risk and optimises safety, productivity and cost across every phase of a project. 

    Established in 1919, Clough’s services are underpinned by a dedication to project delivery excellence that has spanned over 90 years. Today Clough manages a global workforce from operating centres across Australia, Asia, Africa, UK and North America.

    Backed by an experienced leadership team, talented people and sophisticated project management systems, Clough is dedicated to safety, sustainable development and true zero harm to the people, communities and environments in which it operates.

    Clough is a wholly owned subsidiary of Murray & Roberts, a multinational group that focuses its expertise on delivering sustainable and fit-for-purpose project engineering, procurement, construction, commissioning, operations and maintenance solutions. Murray & Roberts delivers its capabilities into three global market sectors: oil & gas; metals & minerals and power & water.

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    About Murray & Roberts:

    Murray & Roberts has a long and proud heritage of more than a century and is today recognised as a multinational engineering and construction contractor. It’s the Group’s vision, by 2025, to be a leading multinational engineering and construction group that applies its project life cycle capabilities to optimise client’s fixed capital investment. The Group achieves this by focusing its expertise and capacity on delivering sustainable and fit-for-purpose project engineering, procurement, construction, commissioning, operations and maintenance solutions.

    The Group delivers its capabilities into three global market sectors: oil & gas; metals & minerals and power & water. 

    Murray & Roberts is headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa, and is listed on the JSE Limited. It has offices in:

    1. Africa:
      1. South Africa, Mozambique, Zambia and Ghana
    2. Australasia:
      1. Australia and South Korea
    3. Europe
      1. Scotland
    4. North America
      1. USA and Canada


    Murray & Roberts is a group of world-class companies and brands aligned to the same purpose and vision, and guided by the same set of values.

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