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Family-owned equipment hire group, Kennards Hire, is expanding its branch network in the northwest of Australia, with three new branches in Western Australia and the Northern Territory.
Having recently acquired CAPS Hire, the Kennards Hire network has expanded to include Broome and Kununurra in Western Australia. In the Northern Territory, the acquisition has enabled the business to consolidate branch operations, closing its current branch in Winnellie and moving into the newly acquired site.
The newly branded Kennards Hire branches have been fitted out with specialist equipment designed to suit the unique industries in the regional areas – specifically the mining and agriculture industries – as well as its traditional DIY customers.
“It’s a great opportunity for Kennards Hire to be joining these communities since we’re able to benefit locals while filling the gap in the market for these areas,” said Tony Symons, General Manager, Kennards Hire Western Australia and Northern Territory.
“The real story is that in all of our new locations, we are tweaking our capability and service offering to meet the unique market needs. For instance, Broome has a far less focus on mining than Kununurra, so we will bring many of our traditional equipment products to town.”
In addition to the CAPS Hire acquisition, a new Kennards Hire branch in Port Hedland will open in September.
The CAPS Hire branches changed ownership at the end of July and will be rebranded as Kennards Hire in early August.
Toll has won a $90 million transport and logistics contract to service the INPEX-operated Ichthys LNG project.
As part of the ten-year contract Toll will design and operate the project’s offshore logistics base in the Northern Territory as well as provide ongoing logistical support for the project in the Browse Basin, located off the northern coast of Western Australia.
The offshore base will support major offshore facilities in the Ichtys Field, which is located 820 kilometres southwest of Darwin.
It will include supplying materials to the project’s floating production, storage and offloading vessel and central processing facility.
Toll will also own the yet-to-be-built INPEX-dedicated facility to be located in Darwin’s East Arm Business Park Precinct.
Toll’s CEO of global resources David Jackson said the company was well-placed to services Australia’s growing oil and gas sector.
“This facility, along with the associated drilling support facility, developed for INPEX in Broome by the Toll Mermaid joint venture, demonstrates Toll’s commitment to invest in world-class facilities for our customers’ world-class projects,” Jackson said.
Construction is expected to be completed in early 2015.