ONSLOW BASE A WIN FOR WA PIL­BARA

The Australian Energy Review - - FRONT PAGE - EL­IZ­A­BETH FABRI

“Onslow will quickly de­velop into a strate­gic goods and ves­sel han­dling lo­ca­tion for the Pil­bara Re­gion.”

THE $125 mil­lion first stage of Onslow Marine Sup­port Base (OMSB) has of­fi­cially opened. The fa­cil­ity, op­er­ated by Agility Lo­gis­tics, will act as a key ser­vice hub for oil and gas op­er­a­tors off the north-west coast of WA. It is be­ing of­fered as an al­ter­na­tive to Dampier and Ex­mouth, with com­pa­nies such as Chevron and BHP able to ac­cess ser­vices closer to their op­er­a­tions. The base is also set to gen­er­ate more than 100 per­ma­nent po­si­tions and a raft of busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties for the Onslow re­gion. Stage one in­volved the con­struc­tion of a berth pocket in Beadon Creek to form a 26,000sqm land-based wharf fa­cil­ity com­pris­ing a new 250m berth face, LCT ramp, and five re­fu­elling sta­tions. Pre­lim­i­nary works on a sec­ond stage are now un­der­way as OMSB awaits Fed­eral ap­proval for a $16.8 mil­lion loan. “The base will be a ‘game changer’ that will im­prove ev­ery as­pect of op­er­a­tions, safety, and re­sponse times, and costs to name a few,” de­vel­oper OMSB’S man­ag­ing di­rec­tor An­drew Natta said. “We want the mar­ket to test us, look at how much space we have, and look at what the town can pro­vide.” Agility Aus­trala­sia chief ex­ec­u­tive Frank Guerra said the com­pany was “very ex­cited” about the marine project, and had been work­ing closely with Mr Natta and OMSB for more than two years. “As a Global Lo­gis­tics provider, Agility is very in­ter­ested in of­fer­ing com­plete sup­ply chain so­lu­tions for both in­ter­na­tional and do­mes­tic sup­pli­ers to and from Onslow and our base in Perth,” Mr Guerra said. “Not only will it com­ple­ment the ex­ist­ing in­fra­struc­ture in Dampier but it will also en­hance the ser­vice of­fer­ings for the North West Shelf. “Onslow will quickly de­velop into a strate­gic goods and ves­sel han­dling lo­ca­tion for the Pil­bara Re­gion.” WA Trans­port min­is­ter Rita Saf­fi­oti said the base will be “trans­for­ma­tive” and pro­vide sig­nif­i­cant ben­e­fits for the off­shore oil and gas in­dus­try. "My agen­cies and our Gov­ern­ment will con­tinue to work with the base to max­imise the shared ben­e­fits of the project,” Ms Saf­fi­oti said. "I look for­ward to work­ing with the base to as­sist it in se­cur­ing Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment fund­ing to ex­pand its op­er­a­tions."

The first stage of the Onslow Marine Sup­port Base.

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