The Australian Marine Complex (AMC) at Henderson will become home to a new $35million service and supply base which will support oil and gas projects in Western Australia.
Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls has approved the project and announced an agreement which will see Chevron Australia become its first user to support operations for the Gorgon Project, located about 150km off the State’s north-west coast.
“The Gorgon Project is based on Australia’s largest-known natural gas resource and is expected to deliver billions of dollars in taxes and royalties,” Mr Grylls said.
“The State Government is committed to supporting visionary projects that will generate significant wealth for the WA economy and the Gorgon Project is certainly one of these.”
The AMC service and supply base will be developed by LandCorp and will feature a $35million service wharf to accommodate roll-on/roll-off vessels along with a 4.4ha staging area located within the AMC Common User Facility.
“This is a strategic move by Chevron Australia to minimise the potential impact of the project on Barrow Island and reduce the amount of transport on the roads,” the Minister said.
“By securing service bases and wharf facilities at the AMC, the company can deliver significant amounts of equipment by sea which will substantially reduce the number of road trains required to service the Gorgon Project.
“The State Government developed the AMC Common User Facility, which is owned and managed by LandCorp, to enhance WA’s ability to service the marine, defence and oil and gas industries. This agreement once again demonstrates the significant benefits the AMC can deliver.
“I believe the new service and supply base at the AMC will further develop WA’s offshore marine services industry and along with other vital infrastructure, including a 99m long floating dock, the AMC will continue to place WA at the forefront of oil and gas development long into the future.”
Construction of the service and supply base is expected to commence in the second half of this year and is due to be completed by early 2010.
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