Chevron Australia has contracted integrated services provider Toll Group to manage the Barrow Island supply base and logistics work for the Gorgon project, off the north-west coast of Australia.

The contract is valued at about A$180m over three years.

The work is expected to commence on the island after receipt of all necessary government approvals.

The commencement of the project is followed by the final investment decision on the Chevron-operated Gorgon project from the Gorgon joint venture participants, expected in the second half of 2009.

Toll managing director Paul Little said that along with this contract, he would look for further investments in the region.

“The Toll plans to execute the scope of work of this contract through the WA based operations of Toll Energy, which specialises in providing supply chain management and logistics services to the oil and gas exploration, construction and production industries in Australia,” said Little.

“Toll intends to look at further investments and organic growth in the resources sector, both in Australia and overseas. The resources business continues to be a strong performer for the group.”

The Gorgon project is a joint venture between the Australian subsidiaries of Chevron, Exxon Mobil and Royal Dutch Shell, to develop the Greater Gorgon gas fields, located between 130km and 200km off the north-west coast of Western Australia.

The Greater Gorgon gas fields contain resources of about 40trn cubic feet of gas.