Commerce Minister Simon O’Brien today welcomed the go-ahead of the Wheatstone Project by Chevron Joint Venturers as a historic moment for business in Western Australia.
“This is a major step in WA’s progress as a key energy source for the Asian region and boosts our global appeal for investment and business,” Mr O’Brien said.
“Chevron has estimated that $17billion will be spent on Australian goods and services over the life of the project.
“The Wheatstone project is said to create an estimated 6,500 direct and indirect jobs and I will continue to work closely with the joint venturers on local industry participation. There is already close liaison on this issue through the Wheatstone Local Content Steering Committee set up in 2010 and we hope to increase the percentage of Western Australian content.
“Wheatstone is a clear message to local suppliers that there are opportunities if they are prepared to meet high international standards.
“I will be encouraging the Federal Government to consider how its range of industry assistance programs could be aligned to support supply to this project.
“This project is another example of the State Government working with business at the highest levels to secure work for Western Australian companies and Western Australian workers.”
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