UK-BASED services company Cape secured two major contracts with Bechtel to provide services to the Wheatstone project at the end of 2013.

Cape Australia Onshore signed a $275 million deal with Bechtel to provide painting, insulation and fireproofing services to the Ashburton North site of the Wheatstone project in December.

The contract is expected to create 490 new Australian jobs – with over 390 metal workers, blaster and painters, cryogenic insulators and fire proofers supported by 100 supervision, safety, administration and management staff.

The award came after Cape won an $80 million contract for the supply of scaffold erection and dismantling services for the project.

About 135 new roles will be created through the contract, Cape said, with about 95 skilled scaffold erectors to be supported by 40 supervision, safety, administration and management staff.

Cape chief executive Joe Oatley said the contract award was recognition of the capabilities of the recently reshaped business.

“Building on Cape’s considerable world-class LNG construction expertise, this contract will provide a solid base of project activity for our Australian business,” he said.

“We look forward to working closely with our client, and supporting them in delivering safe, efficient and productive construction activities on one of Australia’s largest resource construction projects.”