WA could become global LNG hub
Woodside has welcomed an announcement by the State Government to establish an LNG jobs taskforce aimed at positioning WA as a global LNG hub and creating new job opportunities.
Announcing the plan at the Australasian Oil and Gas Exhibition and Conference last week, WA Premier Mark McGowan said industry and government would focus on job opportunities, including in new technology, education and maintenance services.
“Australia is set to have the world’s largest LNG export capacity by mid-2018, surpassing Qatar, so now is the time for our State to act and become a global hub,” he said.
“Courses could be provided by education and training providers that align with the needs of industry, ensuring young Western Australians get the skills required for future job opportunities.”
A Woodside spokeswoman said Mr McGowan’s vision of Perth becoming a global LNG hub was encouraging.
“Over the past four years the Woodside-operated North West Shelf project has spent more than $1.5 billion in Western Australia on services and materials associated with operations, and this is set to increase as new LNG projects are developed in WA,” she said.
“Currently, Woodside trains West Australians for long-term jobs in our industry at our specialist training academy near Karratha and through specialist training providers.
“We look forward to discussing how we could progress our initiatives in collaboration with industry and government.”
Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association WA chief operating officer Stedman Ellis said a thriving LNG service industry could create up to 15,000 jobs and up to $1 billion a year in exports to other LNG producers.
“As the construction phase is reaching completion, we need to seize the opportunity to develop an innovative local service sector to support LNG operations for decades to come,” he said.
“With 11 LNG trains producing almost 50 million tonnes per annum when fully commissioned, WA has the potential to be a world-class leader in LNG operations.
“The WA Government is to be applauded for recognising this opportunity and for providing leadership.”
Mr Ellis said WA faced competition from Singapore, Malaysia and Middle East nations in the LNG service sector.
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