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Oil and gas giants commit to LNG Jobs Taskforce

Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan has revealed the companies that will take part in a two-year procurement plan to make local businesses aware of upcoming opportunities in the sector.

The LNG Jobs Taskforce initiative, Forward Work Plans, is designed to improve transparency and support local industry to be more proactive in taking advantage of opportunities.

As part of the program, Chevron, Woodside, Shell and Santos have volunteered to submit their procurement Forward Work Plans to the state annually, with the first plan provided this month.

“With initiatives like the Forward Work Plans, the LNG Jobs Taskforce is bringing together government and industry to maximise local jobs in WA’s LNG sector and establish the state as an LNG hub servicing Australia and the Asia-Pacific,” McGowan, speaking at the Australasian Oil and Gas (AOG) conference in Perth, said.

In addition, McGowan welcomed a $40 million contribution from the Commonwealth Government for the Future Energy Exports Cooperative Research Centre (CRC).

The CRC also includes the proposed LNG Futures Facility, which is expected to position Western Australia as a global leader in the development and testing of new technologies and processes.

“As well as helping to sustain Western Australia’s position as a leading global LNG exporter, the facility will also position us to become the leading global hydrogen exporter, as markets and technology change over the coming decade,” McGowan said.

McGowan said at least $16 million of the Australian Government funding announced last Friday would be used for the planned world-first microscale LNG plant that will form part of the LNG Futures Facility in Kwinana.

In April 2019, the McGowan was joined by industry leaders and the University of Western Australia in Shanghai to announce the microscale LNG plant at the 19th International Conference & Exhibition on Liquefied Natural Gas.

The Western Australian Government announced it would provide $10 million over 10 years, with the University of Western Australia committing a further $15 million for the LNG Future Facility.