UGL in joint venture with engineering, procurement and construction firm CH2M Hill, has won a $550m contract from JKC Australia LNG to build a combined cycle power plant for the Ichthys liquefied natural gas project in Australia’s Northern Territory.

Under the terms of the agreement, GE will engineer and supply gas turbines, steam turbines and heat recovery steam generators, while the JV will design and supply the rest of the plant and undertake the complete construction of the $34 billion project.

UGL managing director and CEO Richard Leupen said, "For UGL, as part of the consortium with CH2M Hill and GE, this is a significant win and demonstrates our consistent ability to leverage our engineering capabilities, in this instance our power generation expertise, to deliver work on significant resources projects," said Leupen.

Design, procurement and fabrication for the combined cycle power plant works are expected to start immediately, with an on-site commencement in mid-2013 and completion expected by the end of 2016.

GE will supply five GE Frame 6B gas turbines and three SC4 single-flow steam turbines that will provide 500MW of installed power capacity for the facility.