A consortium of KBR, JGC and Chiyoda has lost a legal appeal in its ongoing battle against a group of sub-contractors linked to the Ichthys LNG project in Australia.

The three heavyweight companies had formed the JKC joint venture to perform the massive onshore construction contract at Ichthys.

A group of sub-contractors comprising GE, UGL and CH2M were responsible for the Ichthys combined cycle power plant, but walked off the job in early 2017, leaving JKC to complete the power plant with the support of new sub-contractors.