A JOINT venture between arms of Australia’s AJ Lucas Group and French pipeline contractor Spiecapag has won the construction contract for APA Group’s Eastern Goldfields Gas Pipeline project.

The Lucas Engineering and Construction and Spiecapag Australia joint venture, Spiecapag Lucas, will work on the 293 kilometre gas transmission pipeline – a part of APA Group’s broader $140 million Goldfields Gas Pipeline expansion project.

The joint venture will provide trench excavation, pipe welding, pipe placement and lay-in services, as well as surface protection and remediation of the right of way.

The value of the contract was not disclosed.

Spiecapag Lucas established a Perth project office in November as part of the requirements of the contract, with machinery expected to start moving to site in January.

Construction is expected to start in March 2015, while completion is planned for November 2015.

When completed, the pipeline will transport gas from Yarraloola to AngloGold’s Sunrise Dam and Tropicana gold mining operations in Western Australia.

AJ Lucas chief executive Russell Eggers said the contract saw its strategic partnership with Spiecapag Australia continue – one which he said had already been in place for more than 20 years.

“This work for APA is a key contract for AJ Lucas and further extends our long term relationship of delivering their gas pipelines,” he said.