Hon Simon O'Brien MLC

Hon Simon O'Brien MLC

Former Minister for Finance; Commerce; Small Business

Hon Brendon Grylls MLA

Hon Brendon Grylls MLA

Former Minister for Housing; Racing and Gaming

    Leading industry figure to oversee proposed Pilbara infrastructure development

    4/06/2012 12:00 AM
    • Pilbara Maritime Common Use Facility (PMCUF) steering committee appointed
    • Feasibility studies, funded through Royalties for Regions, will identify market demands, economic benefit, front end engineering and design, and financial viability

    Commerce Minister Simon O'Brien today announced the appointment of a steering committee to oversee the progress of the proposed Pilbara Maritime CUF (PMCUF) in Western Australia’s North-West.


    The PMCUF steering committee will be chaired by Richard Muirhead and includes representatives from the departments of Commerce, Regional Development and Lands, State Development and Transport together with members from LandCorp and the Port Hedland and Dampier Port Authorities.


    Mr O'Brien said Richard Muirhead had extensive experience in industrial development, and major project management.  Mr Muirhead was instrumental in the development of the Australian Marine Complex Common User Facility in Henderson, which has delivered more than 360 projects worth more than $900million since opening in 2003.


    “The Pilbara Maritime Common Use Facility is a concept that was developed in response to increasing demand for facilities to service both the offshore oil and gas market and the defence industry in the region,” he said.


    “I have appointed an experienced and highly credentialed steering committee to provide guidance and co-ordinate the delivery of this exciting project.”


    Mr O’Brien said the next 15 months were critical to the project’s development.


    “The steering committee will be involved in progressing four detailed feasibility studies looking into market demand, economic benefit, front-end engineering and design and financial viability,” he said.


    “This information will form the basis of a business case that will then be presented to the Government for further consideration.” 


    The PMCUF will provide access to common-use infrastructure for all regional businesses with capabilities in the support and operation of commercial vessels servicing the offshore oil and gas projects, housing and construction, and requirements of the Royal Australian Navy. 


    Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls said a common-use facility would provide more opportunities for the State’s regional communities to flourish, in line with the Government’s commitment to developing regional areas.


    Mr O'Brien said the proposal was the latest in a series of steps undertaken by the Liberal- National Government to maximise the benefits for WA-based industry from the continued expansion of our minerals and energy sector. 


    “A key plank of this Government’s Local Industry Participation Framework includes upgrading the availability of public infrastructure that local industry can utilise to reduce costs, enhance productivity and enter new markets,” he said.


    “We anticipate that the PMCUF will be an important economic development mechanism for the region by creating jobs and diversifying the industrial and economic base in the North-West.”


          Fact File

    • Richard Muirhead was previously State Director of CHOGM and oversaw the development of the Kimberley Science and Conservation Strategy
    • The Liberal-National Government recently announced funding of $5million from the Royalties for Regions program, administered by the Department of Regional Development and Lands, to undertake the detailed planning for the development of the PMCUF. The four feasibility studies will be co-ordinated by the Department of Commerce
    • For more information about what the State Government is doing for local industry participation, visit http://www.commerce.wa.gov.au/localindustryparticipation

    Commerce Minister’s office - 6552 5800

    Regional Development Minister’s office - 6552 5500