Feasibility studies and planning will be undertaken for the development of the Pilbara Maritime Common Use Facility (CUF), thanks to $5million in Royalties for Regions funding.
Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls said that, with the amount of economic activity taking place in the Pilbara, existing marine-based infrastructure was inadequate.
“A study conducted last year identified possible sites in the Pilbara for the facility and work will now commence on planning and developing the best location for the project,” Mr Grylls said.
“The facility we are planning would be much more than a supply base for the offshore oil and gas industry - it would be designed to enable the development of a range of business sectors including marine, defence and paramilitary support industries, and the housing, building and construction industries. This would reduce the cost of building and construction, which is a major issue in the Pilbara.
“In addition, the facility would diversify the economy and provide employment opportunities which are also key factors in achieving the State Government’s Pilbara Cities Vision to see workers and families settling down in the region.”
Commerce Minister Simon O’Brien said the Pilbara Maritime CUF built on the State Government’s drive to strengthen local industry participation in Western Australia.
“There is already significant demand for CUF infrastructure in the region, and as more projects in the State become a reality this demand will grow even further,” Mr O’Brien said.
“Upcoming major resource projects will require this type of infrastructure for subsea installation and ongoing inspection, maintenance and repair work for more than 30 years. The proposed capabilities at the Pilbara Maritime CUF were also outlined in the State’s submission to the Federal Government’s Defence Force Posture Review.
“By investing in common-use infrastructure, the State is encouraging the development of local industries to service these strategic projects.
“This project will be modelled on the very successful CUF at the Australian Marine Complex (AMC) south of Perth, and would potentially consist of wharves, lifting lay down areas, repair and maintenance and load-out facilities for these important industries to work closer to their developments.”
Common User Facility - asset provided by a party that can be used by a range of entities from a broad range of industry sectors (building, housing, defence, LNG, resources, and oil and gas), or by contractors and/or service companies serving those sectors
Pilbara Maritime Common Use Facility is a combined State Govt initiative between Dept of Commerce & Dept of Regional Development and Lands’s Pilbara Cities Office
Regional Development Minister’s office - 6552 5500
Commerce Minister’s office - 6552 5800