Base to boost jobs

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

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.

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