Base to boost jobs
Construction of a major new marine supply base in Onslow to support the oil and gas industry is under way, with the promise of local employment on the cards for the multi-million dollar development.
The Onslow Marine Support Base construction will employ more than 100 workers over three stages of development and is expected to be completed by late 2017.
The $125 million investment at Beadon Creek has begun after signing a long-term lease and operator deed with Agility Logisitics.
North West Central MLA Vince Catania said the OMSB had a geographical advantage in a global oil and gas market.
“Onslow is well placed, geographically and logistically, to welcome a business such as the OMSB, which will offer job opportunities for local workers and have significant flow on effects to the community and the region,” he said.
“Onslow’s proximity means oil and gas companies looking for savings will quickly turn to local services, which could be turned around in a much shorter timeframe, removing the multi-day journey to reach international services.
“These works will provide the essential link to enable Onslow to become a major service hub for the long term maintenance and operations of the local oil and gas industry.”
OMSB director Andrew Natta said the project would increase economic activity in WA’s North West.
“The OMSB will be a gamechanger for WA’s overall competitiveness in the oil and gas sector,allowing larger vessels to access the Beadon Creek facility and its cost advantages, which will greatly increase its economic activity,” he said.
Onslow Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Geoff Herbert said the OMSB had been the talk of the town since being announced.