Karratha business wins major Yara Pilbara contract

Alicia PereraPilbara News
KBSS Engineering staff Mark McLaren, David Taylor, Cory Byers, Ricardo Dalais, Cody Hancock and Bernie Pfoeffer.
Camera IconKBSS Engineering staff Mark McLaren, David Taylor, Cory Byers, Ricardo Dalais, Cody Hancock and Bernie Pfoeffer. Credit: Alicia Perera

A local Karratha business has won a major contract for the provision of maintenance services at Yara Pilbara’s liquid ammonia production facilities in Dampier, creating about 20 new jobs in the region with the potential for more down the line.

Yara has awarded the contract to KBSS Engineering, securing the company’s services in areas including supervision, trades, tooling and systems, maintenance planning and shutdown support at its ammonia plant and technical ammonium nitrate (TAN) plants on the Burrup Peninsula.

The contract will require a core crew of about 20 new workers to be based at the Yara sites as well as additional staff able to be called on for extra projects.

KBSS founder and managing director Cory Byers said under the current scope of the contract he expected all roles to be filled locally.

“It is a significant milestone to see a local business recognised for its ability to provide such critical support services,” he said.

“Since our inception in 2012 we have worked hard to establish ourselves in the oil and gas, petrochemical and mining maintenance sector, and this contract validates the work our people have done in delivering fit-for-purpose solutions.”

KBSS held the maintenance contract for Yara from 2014-17 but lost it to Clough AMEC in July last year.

The Clough contract was initially for a five-year term but was cut short because of issues that arose between the companies.

Yara Pilbara general manager Chris Rijksen said Yara leadership had decided the company would be better serviced by local contractors where they had the required capability and expertise following a review of maintenance contract arrangements.

He said after assessing local businesses, KBSS had showed “clear capacity” .

“The award of this contract is recognition of the depth, capability and professionalism that has evolved within (the KBSS) business,” he said.

“We look forward to working in partnership with KBSS, a local business that shares our commitment to local development and the utilisation of a local workforce, indigenous engagement and strengthening our long-term commitment to the region and the community in which we operate.”

KDCCI chief executive Kylah Morrison said awarding the contract to KBSS showed Yara’s commitment to the local community.

The contract will be for an initial period of 12 months and may be extended subject to reviews.

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