Coal, O&M

Siemens, United Group secures Western Power maintenance project

11 December 2002 – Sydney-based United Group Limited has been chosen in partnership with Siemens to maintain generation equipment for Western Australia’s electricity supplier Western Power.

The Group’s industrial maintenance, facilities management and engineering construction business, United KG, will work as part of a joint venture with Siemens on the three-year contract, with two three-year options, beginning on 1 January 2003. The project will generate A$45m ($25.2m) in revenue for the consortium.

The contract aims to reduce the cost of electricity by increasing the availability and reliability of the Western Power’s plant, improving the productivity of staff and lowering the overall cost of plant maintenance.

United Group Managing Director and CEO Richard Leupen said, “This partnership with Western Power also strengthens the Group’s presence in the power sector. While we have traditionally been strong in eastern states, this long-term contract is a clear indication that United Group is emerging as a national leader in power generation services.

“The consortium of United KG and Siemens has the necessary technical skills, supporting systems and resources to provide an exceptional level of maintenance support. Our safety focus is another significant factor that will ensure optimum performance on this contract,” Leupen said.

Western Power Generation General Manager Mark Chatfield said United KG-Siemens was selected after a competitive tender process involving the leading engineering maintenance companies in Australia.

“The members of this consortium have a very strong performance record and experience with the types of coal-fired and gas-fired generation assets used by Western Power.