Veolia Transdev and Buslink JV ‘Buslink Vivo’ wins Ichthys employee transport contract

Charlotte Louys - 20/11/12

Buslink VIVO, a partnership between Veolia Transdev and Buslink, has been selected to provide employee transport services for the Ichthys Project onshore LNG facilities in Darwin, Northern Territory. The contract has been awarded to Buslink VIVO by the EPC Contractor, JKC.

The 56-month contract will be operated by Buslink VIVO as a 50/50 partnership between Buslink Connect, a subsidiary of Buslink Australia, the Northern Territory’s largest privately-owned bus company, and VIVO Connect, Veolia Transdev Australasia’s employee transport business.

The contract is for the operation of buses and minibuses to transport the Ichthys LNG Project’s onshore construction workforce. At the peak of the project, Buslink VIVO will transport approximately 4,500 staff using more than 100 buses. Buslink VIVO will also supply approximately 50 contractor operated vehicles. More specifically, the contract covers the following services:

• Accommodation village to jobsite, airport, and Darwin;
• Night shift operations;
• Shuttle services around the site;
• Transport of Darwin city office staff;
• Transport of mail and documents between Darwin City Office, site and accommodation village; and
• Transport of family members from suburbs to Darwin.

“This contract win is a vindication of our decision to continue our diversification into the employee transport market and to partner with other high quality operators. We successfully managed the Worsley contract in WA for 4 years and have been operating similar services in Central Queensland since earlier this year.” said Jonathan Metcalfe, CEO of Veolia Transdev Australasia.

Brian Hannon, Buslink Australia Group Chairman, said: ‘The Ichthys LNG project is a truly international scale venture and it is therefore very pleasing that, as a local Territory company, we have won such a significant employee transport contract as part of the project.’

Buslink Managing Director, Mick Hannon, said: ‘The JV with Veolia Transdev would work very well as both parties would bring a different skill set to the table and I’m looking forward to getting cracking with the first buses set to roll in January’.

Buslink VIVO looks forward to delivering the important task of safely transporting the work force for the Ichthys project onshore LNG facilities.

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The department of Infrastructure, Transport and Industry (ITI) facilitates business between French-based companies and Australian companies/agents/distributors. The ITI department also covers the sectors of environment, energy, mines and oil & gas. Most of our international companies such as Alstom, Areva, EADS, GDF, Suez, Technip, Thales, Total, Turbomeca, Veolia operate successfully in Australia thanks to partnerships and alliances with local companies.  Nevertheless, French SMEs could also bring their expertise and savoir faire when they team up with local players able to master the local context. In 2013, we are going to bring French delegations to AOG tradeshow (Oil & Gas). Feel free to contact us should your company be interested in connecting with potential French exporters. Arthur Lenoir, Senior Trade Advisor, arthur.lenoir@ubifrance.fr Charlotte Louys, Trade Advisor, charlotte.louys@ubifrance.fr  

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