Onslow sup­ply fa­cil­ity on track

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Tom Zaun­mayr

The $125 mil­lion Onslow Marine Sup­port Base is on track for han­dover to Agility Lo­gis­tics in Septem­ber.

The OMSB will mainly ser­vice the oil and gas in­dus­try off the Onslow Coast where the likes of Chevron and BHP Bil­li­ton have large foot­prints.

OMSB man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Andrew Natta said the base would be ready to op­er­ate once Mar­itime Con­struc­tions had com­pleted the wharf build.

“Once that oc­curs Agility will step in, take over the op­er­a­tion of the fa­cil­ity and we are go­ing straight into stage two which is the com­ple­tion of cap­i­tal dredg­ing,” he said.

“We see this as a com­mu­nity as­set and from day dot we wanted the com­mu­nity to be in­volved with our project.

“The next stage for us is, once we have com­ple­tion, to try and use as much lo­cal con­tent again in the op­er­a­tion of the sup­ply base.”

The OMSB will fea­ture a 201m main wharf, large lay­down fa­cil­i­ties and dual land­ing craft trans­port ramps.

It will also in­clude a heavy lift pad ca­pa­ble of ac­com­mo­dat­ing a 700-tonne crane, well above what is avail­able in the North West.

“One of the things that came to light is the ma­jor­ity of the sup­ply bases up and down the coast­line had a 250-300 tonne crane ca­pac­ity,” Mr Natta said.

“Whilst we know that it will not be every day we will need that true heavy lift ca­pa­bil­ity, it will be there to de­velop with in­dus­try needs.

“For­tu­nately there is ac­tu­ally a 700-tonne crane in Onslow, so the ca­pa­bil­ity is there to bring some of these op­por­tu­ni­ties back into Onslow and back into the State.”

Onslow Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try chief ex­ec­u­tive Chantelle King said job seek­ers were al­ready com­ing to the cham­ber seek­ing in­for­ma­tion about jobs at the sup­ply base.

“We get at least three to four peo­ple every day come and look our new jobs board,” she said.

“There are a lot of new peo­ple in town and a lot of peo­ple are mov­ing here look­ing for work rather than mov­ing here be­cause their job brought them here.

“Even through con­struc­tion (OMSB) is push­ing Mar­itime Con­struc­tions to use lo­cal busi­ness and Agility Lo­gis­tics are al­ready work­ing with us on a list of busi­nesses they will be need­ing.”

Ms King said a more af­ford­able hous­ing mar­ket was mak­ing it eas­ier for peo­ple to move to town for work.

Pic­ture: Mar­itime Con­struc­tions

Aerial view of the Onslow Marine Sup­port Base con­struc­tion site at Beadon Creek.

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