Seqwater has selected a global energy services company to be its partner in a new contract to maintain the South East Queensland water grid and water supply assets which serve 3.1 million people in the region.

Seqwater has selected Wood Group for the contract, which is valued at around $30 million and will involve the formation of a maintenance team which combines the capabilities of the two companies.

Around 70 new jobs will be created within Wood Group under the five year contract, which begins on 1 October 2016.

Seqwater CEO Peter Dennis said the water authority went to market looking for a true partner for the project.

“The people in our maintenance team are experts in their fields,” Mr Dennis said.

“We wanted to extend that team by joining forces with an organisation we could work together with to build on our strengths and capabilities and help us to further improve our systems and processes.

“Under this new arrangement Wood Group is our partner, not just a service provider. Our people will work as one team to keep the water flowing and maintain South East Queensland’s extensive network of bulk water assets.”

Mr Dennis said Seqwater was looking forward to working with Wood Group to deliver the best value maintenance services to essential water supply infrastructure.

Wood Group Chief Executive Robin Watson said, “Wood Group has 19 years’ experience delivering maintenance services to the water industry in Australia.

“This new collaborative contract is testament to our strong knowledge and broad capabilities, which will enable us to work with Seqwater to enhance value, efficiency and productivity.

“We will leverage our expertise in electrical, instrumentation, mechanical, pipeline and civil maintenance to support Seqwater’s diverse portfolio of assets, including dams, water treatment plants, pumping stations, bore fields and bulk water pipelines.

“Our commitment to developing local content where we operate will be reflected, with a focus on providing employment opportunities across South East Queensland.”

Lauren brings a fresh approach to content. While she’s previously written for publications as diverse as Australian Geographic, The Border Watch and Girlfriend, she’s found her true passion in her current role as an editor in the world of energy and infrastructure trade magazines.

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