Rock supplier sues breakwater contractor
A company that supplied rocks for the breakwater at Chevron’s Wheatstone LNG project is suing the contractor that built the marine facilities, in a claim of about $11 million.
Rock JV is claiming in a Supreme Court writ that its costs in delivering more than 500,000 tonnes of the quarried rocks under a $40 million contract blew out because of delays at the Pilbara project.
The $260 million breakwater and material offloading facility near Onslow was built by a joint venture between Thiess and Belgian construction company BESIX Group.
Rock JV’s writ says it was contracted to deliver the first batch of rocks in February 2013 but the BEST JV was not ready to accept them until four months later.
The last delivery was made in June 2014, also four months behind the contracted schedule, it says.
While BEST JV paid $4.3 million of a $5.1 million claim by Rock JV for the delays, the WA company is seeking a further payment of $10.7 million.
That sum includes increased operating expenses of $7.7 million and $1.9 million in limestone production costs.