Hon Simon O'Brien MLC

Hon Simon O'Brien MLC

Former Minister for Finance; Commerce; Small Business

    Off-shore projects benefiting WA businesses

    10/05/2012 12:00 AM
    • Contract wins by WA-based companies Decmil Australia and Pressure Dynamics have generated flow-on effects to more than 9 small businesses in the State
    • 27 contracts awarded to WA suppliers in the first quarter of 2012 for Chevron’s Wheatstone Project
    Commerce Minister Simon O’Brien today visited Decmil Group and Pressure Dynamics to see first-hand the flow-on benefits to Western Australian business from the relationships both companies have with major energy projects.

    Osborne Park-based Decmil Australia is currently constructing the $72million Wheatstone Pioneer and Fly Camp package awarded by Chevron.

    Pressure Dynamics, located near the International Airport, recently secured six separate orders that will see the company design and manufacture platform and topside equipment including production control and hydraulic power units for integration at Woodside’s Greater Western Flank, Chevron’s Wheatstone and Shell’s Prelude projects.

    Mr O’Brien said based on $17.7billion of publicly announced local contracts since July 2011, an estimated 63,012 jobs had been created. This is broken into direct employment of 18,408 and indirect of 44,604.

    “The flow-on effects from these contracts to the economy, through the creation of jobs and reputation, will be significant,” he said.

    “Decmil is already sub-contracting to nine local businesses, and will generate further work for regional companies when the camp package is transported to Onslow on its completion later this year. 

    “These contracts demonstrate that WA industry is receiving contracts from offshore oil and gas projects that are both complex and exposed to competition from interstate and overseas. This refutes the claims made by the Opposition that the only contracts awarded by offshore projects are work that must be done here.”

    The Minister said Chevron had committed to approximately $4billion in contracts to Australian businesses on the Wheatstone Project to date.

    “There are a diverse range of opportunities being generated by the major resource projects under way in the State and the WA community is benefiting,” he said.

    Mr O’Brien said the contract wins proved WA industry was capable of supplying complex, sophisticated and high value-add manufactured items.

    “I was particularly impressed by both Decmil and Pressure Dynamics’ commitment to quality assurance and product testing to ensure that the exacting standards of the off-shore oil and gas industry are satisfied,” the Minister said.

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