CIMIC’s UGL lands $600m in lithium and energy contracts

UGL, a member of the CIMIC Group, has been awarded several contracts with energy and minerals processing clients in Western Australia. Image credit: CIMIC Group

UGL, a CIMIC Group company, has won multiple contracts with energy and minerals processing clients in Western Australia.

The contracts include Albemarle’s provision of construction services at a lithium hydroxide plant near Bunbury, Western Australia, which will create up to 400 roles with UGL during the construction phase and over $300 million in revenue for UGL.

To support the production of an estimated 2.4 million electric vehicles annually, Albemarle, the market leader in lithium and lithium derivatives, is expanding its operations by building two additional processing trains at its Kemerton plant. 

This will increase production of lithium hydroxide to up to 100,000 metric tonnes per year, CIMIC Group said in a news release. 

Juan Santamaria, the executive chairman of CIMIC Group, expressed his delight with the state’s expanding energy and lithium efforts. 

“We are proud to grow our presence in Western Australia 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,” Santamaria said. 

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

Meanwhile, UGL Managing Director Doug Moss emphasised UGL’s long history of providing expertise and local competence to the world’s top energy firms, notably in Western Australia. 

“We’re pleased to support Albemarle’s expansion plans at the Kemerton Lithium Hydroxide Plant. 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,” Moss stated. 

UGL has also won contracts in Western Australia to provide electrical, instrumentation, mechanical, and access services for Alcoa’s bauxite and alumina WA plants.

The CIMIC company will also provide brownfield implementation services for a leading energy provider through a joint venture contract, which will comprise mechanical, electrical, instrumentation, access, insulation, coatings, and fire protection design and execution.

Additionally, a contract has been signed for front-line and campaign maintenance, brownfield execution scopes, and turnaround events at facilities run by the energy corporation Chevron Australia.

Through IAS Group, a wholly owned specialist provider of asset life extension and essential repair solutions in the resources, infrastructure, and industrial sectors, UGL also won a contract for asset preservation services at the facilities of a top energy provider.

For UGL, these four contracts will result in $300 million in revenue.