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

    Common Use Facility closer for Pilbara

    17/12/2012 12:00 AM
     

    • Pilbara Fabrication and Services Common Use Facility winner announced
    • Studies undertaken with $5m from State Government’s Royalties for Regions
    • Executive Summary of Market Demand Study released
    • Project’s name change made official 
    Commerce Minister Simon O’Brien today announced an important step forward for the Pilbara Fabrication and Services Common Use Facility (PFSCUF) with local consultancy company GHD awarded a contract for the engineering and design study phase of the project.
     
    The $5million feasibility project is being funded by the State Government’s Royalties for Regions initiative.
     
    Mr O’Brien said this would be the second of four studies relating to the planning and feasibility of the proposed Pilbara-based infrastructure and would assist the State Government to determine the project’s feasibility.
     
    “The completed Market Demand Study, first of the four studies, identified industry as very enthusiastic about the prospect of a common use facility in the Pilbara,” he said.
     
    “This study identified the infrastructure requirements of industry across the next 10 years.  Surveyed businesses indicated that access to the proposed PFSCUF would increase the capacity and capability of the North-West region to meet current and future demands.   
     
    “The engineering and design study to be undertaken by GHD will develop design options, assess environmental and heritage impact, and provide the cost schedules to develop a business case. 
     
    “GHD has significant experience in undertaking similar projects of this scale and I congratulate the company on its successful tender.”
     
    The planned PFSCUF aims to support a raft of businesses and industry sectors, including housing, marine, construction, minerals and energy, defence and paramilitary operations.
     
    Regional Development and Lands Minister Brendon Grylls said the proposed PFSCUF supported the State’s Pilbara Cities initiative.
     
    “Such a project will be an economic driver to encourage local industry to further benefit from the commercial opportunities in the region,” Mr Grylls said.
     
    The proposed PFSCUF is likely to include land backed wharves; ship lift; slipway; pipe-spooling corridor; lay down areas; repair and maintenance; and heavy load-out facilities.
     
    Bids to undertake the two final studies - the Financial Viability Plan and the Economic Benefit Analysis - are currently being assessed.
     
    The working title for the project has undergone a name change from the Pilbara Maritime Common Use Facility to the Pilbara Fabrication and Services Common Use Facility which better reflects the diversity of the activity that will occur at the proposed facility.
     
          Fact File
    • PFSCUF complements the Liberal-National Government’s Local Industry Participation Framework and the Pilbara Cities Vision
    • Project administered by Dept of Commerce, supported by Pilbara Development Commission
    • For a copy of the executive summary for the Market Demand Study or more information on the PFSCUF, visit http://www.commerce.wa.gov.au/PFSCUF
    • More than $1.2b in Royalties for Regions funding has been committed by the Liberal-National Government to transform the Pilbara through the Pilbara Cities program 
    Commerce Minister’s office - 6552 5800
    Regional Development and Lands Minister’s office - 6552 5500