10 MINUTES WITH BROADSPECTRUM
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.