Hon Simon O'Brien MLC

Hon Simon O'Brien MLC

Former Minister for Finance; Commerce; Small Business

    Local engineering and design priority for Govt

    23/02/2012 12:00 AM
    • State Government signals resource project proponents priority of sourcing local engineering and design

    Commerce Minister Simon O’Brien today announced the State Government’s newest initiative in promoting the use of Western Australian suppliers by major resource projects.

    This initiative is based on the findings of an independent assessment by Curtin University’s Dr Martin West into the ability of local engineering and design industry to supply to offshore projects.

    Mr O’Brien said that great potential existed for the local engineering and design industry to become more involved in the early phases of offshore energy developments.

    “The Liberal-National Government believes the capabilities of WA’s engineering and design industry is internationally competitive and has the capacity to work on major energy projects,” he said. 

    “The advantages of utilising local engineering and design expertise include the increased potential for other areas of the State’s economy such as manufacturing to become suppliers.

    “I will be signalling to oil and gas proponents that use of the local engineering and design industry is a priority. The Government will fund industry associations, such as, Engineers Australia and the Association of Professional Engineers, Scientists and Managers Australia to identify future opportunities to supply.

    “These opportunities will be the focus of discussion between Government and project proponents.  Explanations will be sought from developers not realising local opportunities.

    “The greatest opportunity to supply exists during the front end engineering and design stage.  A recent example of this is the engagement of 350-400 local engineers and designers in the build up of the Browse project.”

    The Minister said local engineering and design companies had a strong track record in winning work packages internationally.

    “The Government and industry are determined to build upon this by making WA a regional hub for development and support of energy-based resource development,” he said.     
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