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Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (JEC - Analyst Report) recently secured a new security consulting service contract from the premium Australian oil & gas company, Woodside Energy Ltd., for an undisclosed sum. The deal further reinforces Jacobs’ organic growth strategy.

As per the newly received contract, Jacobs would be providing appropriate security consulting services in Woodside’s headquarters in the Capital Square progress in Perth, Western Australia. Jacobs would deliver highly connected security services for Woodside. The security trials would be integrated and interconnected across all the buildings of Woodside in the Capital Square zone. The project would be commanded by Jacob’s Perth security consulting workforce.

The security related elements of the project are anticipated to be accomplished by early 2018.

Zacks Rank and Share Price

Jacobs currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). The company remains on track to boost its financials via new contracts, improved backlogs, greater operational efficiency and increased innovations. However, headwinds like strong U.S. dollar, robust industry competition and dismal pricing environment in the global mining and energy market raise concerns. Share price of the company was $50.75 per share as of Sep 27, 2016.

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