Hon Simon O'Brien MLC

Hon Simon O'Brien MLC

Former Minister for Finance; Commerce; Small Business

    Resources industry continues to support WA jobs

    28/11/2012 12:00 AM
     

    • Chevron-operated Gorgon Project reaches 1,000th worker at AMC, Henderson
    • Launch of recruitment drive for 600 more people 
    Commerce Minister Simon O’Brien today congratulated the CB & I Kentz Joint Venture at the Australian Maritime Complex (AMC) for the engagement of their 1,000th employee on the Chevron-operated Gorgon Project contract.
     
    The contract is valued at $2.2billion and is for mechanical, electrical, instrumental and commissioning support for the Gorgon LNG trains.
     
    Mr O’Brien told a gathering at AMC that this contract, one of many high-value, sophisticated work packages being undertaken across the State, would ultimately create more than 1,650 local jobs.
     
    The joint venture partners also launched a recruitment drive to source a further 600 employees for jobs both at the AMC at Henderson and Barrow Island. The partners also recently launched an apprenticeship and traineeship program that would offer up to 100 places.
     
    The Minister said he was encouraged by the news that the partners were seeking more skilled workers as well as developing a training facility at the AMC site for this specific project.
     
    “We congratulate the partnership on the outstanding training effort and the plans for a dedicated training building where on-site education can take place,” he said.
     
    “It is important to note that the State Government has invested almost $400million in infrastructure at the AMC to help Western Australian industry win work associated with major projects.  It is significant to see so many examples of locally awarded contracts using Government infrastructure.”
     
    The contracts are listed in the November 2012 Local Content Report, which the Minister will today table in State Parliament.
     
    “I am proud to table the latest in a series of local content reports produced by the Government. These reports began in May 2011 and provide Parliament and the people of WA with important information regarding achievements and trends in local industry participation in our mineral and energy projects,” Mr O’Brien said.
     
    The November 2012 report contains a number of highlights, including strong growth in local contract awards; positive reporting by major project proponents; increasing entry into the State’s economy by specialist, globally based companies; and a further set of policy initiatives developed in consultation with stakeholders. 
               
          Fact File:
    • More information on what the State Govt is doing for local industry participation: http://www.commerce.wa.gov.au/localindustryparticipation
    • Liberal-National Government local content policies create more than 70,000 jobs
    • Local content on resource projects reaches $30billion since July 2011 
    Minister’s office - 6552 5800