Rock sup­plier sues break­wa­ter con­trac­tor

Pilbara News - - News - Peter Wil­liams

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.

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