Mace­don gas plant marks a mile­stone

Pilbara News - - News - Court­ney Fowler

■ Lo­cal busi­ness and in­dus­try are cel­e­brat­ing two years of pro­duc­tion at BHP Bil­li­ton’s Mace­don Do­mes­tic Gas Plant in Onslow.

Mace­don started op­er­a­tion in Septem­ber 2013 af­ter two years of con­struc­tion and 21 years af­ter dis­cov­ery of the Mace­don gas field.

Dur­ing con­struc­tion, BHP Bil­li­ton awarded more than $5.8 mil­lion in con­tracts to Onslow busi­nesses and spent over $1.5 mil­lion with lo­cal busi­ness.

BHP Bil­li­ton has also com­mit­ted more than $6.1 mil­lion to so­cial in­vest­ment projects, in­clud­ing the up­com­ing con­struc­tion of the bas­ket­ball com­plex and Onslow’s first skate park.

BHP Bil­li­ton’s petroleum Aus­tralian oper­a­tions man­ager Doug Handy­side said the level of col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween lo­cal providers and BHP Bil­lion had been strong not only dur­ing con­struc­tion of the as­set but over the past two years.

“We are con­tin­u­ously work­ing with Onslow’s busi­nesses, in­clud­ing the Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try, to iden­tify op­por­tu­ni­ties where there are syn­er­gies be­tween what Mace­don needs and what lo­cal busi­nesses can pro­vide,” he said.

“We are look­ing for­ward to con­tin­u­ing to work with Onslow’s busi­nesses for many years to come.

“For BHP Bil­li­ton, our in­vest­ments in Onslow are about cre­at­ing part­ner­ships with the com­mu­nity to im­prove peo­ples’ lives.

Onslow Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try pres­i­dent Ge­off Herbert said BHP’s level of en­gage­ment with busi­nesses since be­gin­ning con­struc­tion had been fan­tas­tic.

“They en­gaged lo­cal busi­ness from the start and have been great sup­port­ers of the lo­cal cham­ber,” he said. “If BHP had more projects in Onslow, we would welcome them with open arms.”

Mace­don is BHP Bil­li­ton’s largest Aus­tralian do­mes­tic gas plant, lo­cated about 17km south west of Onslow. The joint ven­ture be­tween BHP Bil­li­ton and Quad­rant Energy pro­duces about 200 ter­a­joules a day of nat­u­ral gas for de­liv­ery to the WA do­mes­tic gas mar­ket via the Dampier-to-Bunbury Nat­u­ral Gas Pipeline.

This equates to the ca­pac­ity to sup­ply 20 per cent of WA’s do­mes­tic gas mar­ket.

Pic­ture: BHP Bil­li­ton

BHP Bil­li­ton is cel­e­brat­ing two years of pro­duc­tion at the Mace­don gas plant in Onslow.

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