TRANSFIELD Services has clinched a contract to undertake work at processing centres on Nauru and Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island

The contract, awarded by the Australian government, will see Transfield provide Garrison and Welfare Services at the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection Offshore Processing Centres at both locations.

The company plans to sub-contract security services to Wilson Security on Manus Island, as it has on Nauru.

Medical and counselling services will remain the responsibility of current provider International Health and Medical Services, Transfield said.

Spanning 20 months, the contract is valued at A$1.22 billion based on the current occupancy of each centre.

“We are pleased with the expanded size and scope of our relationship with the Commonwealth and believe that this is a vote of confidence in both our track record and our ability to continue to deliver,” Transfield chief executive Graeme Hunt said.

“Transfield Services has considerable experience in this type of work, having been on Nauru since the centre there was established and before that, providing similar services at Defence facilities across New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia”

While the company did not underestimate the differences between Nauru and Manus Island, Mr Hunt said some of Transfield’s knowledge and practical approach could be brought to Manus Island for the benefits of all stakeholders.

“We take this opportunity and responsibility very seriously,” he said.

Transfield Services has already started the mobilisation and transition process, with a formal handover commencing at the beginning of March 2014.