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Speak­ing at day two of the con­fer­ence, Broadspectrum chief ex­ec­u­tive, Re­sources, Tom Quinn will be de­liv­er­ing a pre­sen­ta­tion on ‘What does suc­cess look like for di­ver­sity and in­clu­sion in the mar­ket­place?’ We chat to Mr Quinn about his out­look for the in­dus­try and what he is most look­ing for­ward to at APPEA.

Q. At APPEA you will be speak­ing about di­ver­sity and in­clu­sion in the mar­ket­place. What are some of the key is­sues you will dis­cussing?

I am proud to be join­ing the APPEA con­fer­ence, and pleased that APPEA has placed di­ver­sity and in­clu­sion as a key topic on the pro­gram. Di­ver­sity and in­clu­sion is es­sen­tial to strength­en­ing teams, fos­ter­ing in­no­va­tion and build­ing com­mu­ni­ties. We place in­clu­sion as a strate­gic im­per­a­tive for our growth agenda and we seek to at­tract di­verse tal­ent to fuel that growth. One of our key plat­forms for in­creas­ing di­ver­sity and in­clu­sion in our or­gan­i­sa­tion is through our El­e­vate Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Ac­tion Plan (RAP), which seeks to close the gap by cre­at­ing train­ing and em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties for In­dige­nous peo­ple. The plan has achieved el­e­vate sta­tus be­cause it is in­clu­sive of In­dige­nous or­gan­i­sa­tions and peo­ple both in its de­vel­op­ment, gov­er­nance and im­ple­men­ta­tion; is fo­cused on long-term em­ploy­ment and busi­ness en­gage­ment; and is in­te­grated into our busi­ness at all lev­els. To ef­fect mean­ing­ful change in these ar­eas, we need to place re­gional re­silience as a crit­i­cal leader for con­tin­ued com­pet­i­tive­ness.

As a ser­vices com­pany, we need to es­tab­lish our­selves in com­mu­ni­ties in a mean­ing­ful way, so we seek to im­ple­ment ini­tia­tives that will be sus­tain­able and will thrive with­out be­ing in­ter­de­pen­dent on our or­gan­i­sa­tion. This is why part­ner­ing is such an im­por­tant el­e­ment of our RAP. For ex­am­ple, we part­ner with our clients and with lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions to de­velop long-term em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties. We also work closely with our pro­cure­ment team to sup­port Sup­ply Na­tion com­pa­nies, so that we are also fa­cil­i­tat­ing in­creased In­dige­nous em­ploy­ment in­di­rectly.

Q. What do you en­joy most from at­tend­ing APPEA?

APPEA is the con­fer­ence that we pri­ori­tise ev­ery year. It brings to­gether the who’s who of the in­dus­try to un­der­stand and build a path for­ward on the big is­sues, and it’s im­por­tant that, as an in­dus­try, we work col­lab­o­ra­tively to ad­dress change that ben­e­fits us col­lec­tively. Is­sues such as di­ver­sity and in­clu­sion are a prime ex­am­ple, as it’s a chal­lenge that is com­mon to us all, and that ben­e­fits in­dus­try and the com­mu­nity.

Q. How many years have you at­tended?

We have been an at­tendee and spon­sor of APPEA since the early days. We’re ex­cited to be go­ing back to Ade­laide as a key re­gion for the re­sources sec­tor. I have at­tended APPEA in var­i­ous roles over the years. Build­ing from at­tend­ing last year, I was cer­tainly im­pressed by its strate­gic and tech­ni­cal fo­cus and can see why it at­tracts more than 2000 peo­ple to the event.

Q. What oil and gas projects is Broadspectrum cur­rently in­volved in Aus­tralia and what work are you un­der­tak­ing?

Broadspectrum has long-term re­la­tion­ships across the oil and gas sec­tor with clients in­clud­ing San­tos, Qgc-shell, Exxon­mo­bil, Ori­gin En­ergy, and Chevron de­liv­er­ing brown­field projects, shut­downs, main­te­nance, engi­neer­ing and de­sign, fab­ri­ca­tion and well ser­vic­ing ac­tiv­i­ties. Lever­ag­ing our 40 years’ global oil and gas ex­pe­ri­ence, we have re­cently launched the Cen­tre of Ex­cel­lence for Re­sources. Ad­di­tional in­no­va­tive projects and ser­vices in progress in­cludes vir­tual-re­al­ity safety en­vi­ron­ments, as­set au­dits by drone, and Eastern­well’s ALRX; the new­est rig in the in­dus­try.

Q. What are the big­gest is­sues you face cur­rently as a ser­vice provider?

As a ser­vices provider, our great­est chal­lenge is work­ing with the in­dus­try to re­duce costs and at the same time build our rep­u­ta­tion with com­mu­nity stake­hold­ers. We over­come this chal­lenge by work­ing closely with our clients, sup­pli­ers and our em­ploy­ees to iden­tify bet­ter ways of work­ing that im­prove our ef­fi­ciency, and our pro­duc­tiv­ity, to con­trib­ute to our com­mon goal; im­prove com­mu­nity sup­port and im­proved com­petive­ness. For ex­am­ple, our op­ti­mised workover rig, the ALR, was de­vel­oped to re­duce the time taken to de­liver a workover, from 5.5 to 2.5 days. The ALR has the ca­pac­ity to workover an ad­di­tional five wells per month com­pared to a con­ven­tional workover rig. Q. The NT Gov­ern­ment re­cently lifted its ban on frack­ing. Do you en­cour­age the Vic­to­rian, WA, Tas­ma­nian, and NSW Gov­ern­ment’s to fol­low suit to un­lock more gas for do­mes­tic con­sump­tion? I ap­plaud the Gov­ern­ment and in­dus­try con­tin­u­ing to work to­gether to build a com­pet­i­tive en­ergy in­dus­try which meets com­mu­nity ex­pec­ta­tions. The oil and gas in­dus­try can be an en­abler to growth, and that’s why our safety and en­vi­ron­men­tal mea­sures are some of the most strin­gent in the world. And, I think, as an in­dus­try, we are in­vest­ing more time to in­crease ed­u­ca­tion and re­as­sure the com­mu­nity that we can safely man­age those risks. In the North­ern Ter­ri­tory for ex­am­ple, the Gov­ern­ment has pro­gressed the ap­proval for frack­ing with the sup­port of the lo­cal en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion author­ity on the ba­sis that it in­cludes codes of prac­tice for well in­tegrity, and wastew­a­ter man­age­ment.

Q. What changes have you had to im­ple­ment at Broadspectrum to stay com­pet­i­tive dur­ing the down­turn?

The most ex­cit­ing change for Broadspectrum in the last cou­ple of years has been our in­te­gra­tion with the Fer­rovial group. And, it came at the right time for change with the right com­pany. We are proud of our lo­cal her­itage work­ing on some of the re­gion’s most es­sen­tial na­tion-build­ing projects over the past 60 years. Our in­te­gra­tion with the Ser­vices divi­sion of Fer­rovial gave us the op­por­tu­nity to har­ness this ex­pe­ri­ence and re­de­fine the value we of­fer clients and grow our busi­ness into new ser­vices. The re­sult of this has been the launch of our Cen­tre of Ex­cel­lence for Re­sources, and to ex­pand our in­no­va­tive ser­vice so­lu­tions to more clients. As a multi­na­tional com­pany, we are in a greater po­si­tion to lever­age global knowl­edge, ca­pa­bil­ity, in­no­va­tion and de­liv­ery from five Cen­tres of Ex­cel­lence, R&D re­la­tion­ships with pres­ti­gious uni­ver­si­ties and long-term com­plex as­set re­la­tion­ships, such as with Heathrow Air­port.

Q. What new tech­nolo­gies in the oil and gas space are you ex­cited by?

I’m ex­cited by the op­por­tu­nity to cre­ate safer work­ing en­vi­ron­ments through vir­tual-re­al­ity plat­forms. We pi­loted a pro­gram re­cently whereby we asked an em­ployee to ‘walk through’ an as­set and ac­tion an emer­gency re­sponse trig­ger. The em­ployee was able to ex­actly re­count the cor­rect safety re­sponse from just one in­ter­ac­tion. It demon­strates the op­por­tu­nity that we have to cre­ate safer work­ing en­vi­ron­ments with­out putting our peo­ple in harm’s way, and re­duc­ing the cost of train­ing. We are also ac­tively us­ing drones to con­duct as­set au­dits, as another ex­am­ple of re­duc­ing safety risks and costs.

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