Skilled wins $200m pipeline deal

Employment services company to provide labour for Ichthys LNG project.

Employment services company Skilled Group (SKE) has won a $200 million contract to provide labour for a pipeline linking Darwin with offshore Western Australian gas deposits.

Skilled won the contract, from Portugal-based Saipem, to provide construction and marine crews for pipe-lay vessels on the 889km gas export pipeline forming part of the $US34 billion ($36.26 billion) Ichthys LNG project.

The total value of the contract is $200 million, but includes provisions for the supply of technical professional roles to the project, which could increase the contract's value.

Construction work is expected to begin towards the end of the 2014 financial year.

Skilled Group chief executive Mick McMahon said the company would focus on recruiting and training Australian staff for the project.

"We are very pleased that Skilled Offshore will be supporting Saipem and the Ichthys LNG project with the provision of highly qualified personnel and a focus on Australian jobs and training opportunities," he said.