WA businesses eye LNG work

More than 120 business representatives met in Karratha today to discuss opportunities on Chevron's Gorgon and Wheatstone LNG projects.

Chevron and lead contractor Bechtel outlined the business and procurement process, along with as well as regional social infrastructure developments.

Commerce Minister Michael Mischin said the State Government and Chevron were set to co-fund a fourth round of the Industry Facilitation and Support Program (IFSP), which provides support for Pilbara-based businesses.

"The IFSP is designed to enable companies to become more competitive in securing contract opportunities presented by major projects, such as gas developments like Gorgon and Wheatstone," he said.

"Expansion in the Pilbara, and indeed all of WA, continues at pace and there are a range of opportunities being created.

"We're entering a new and different phase of growth and this workshop was a great way to prepare business for that next step.

"I commend Chevron for participating in this event and working with the State Government to inform local suppliers about potential opportunities.

"The number and range of local business at today's event demonstrates the interest and confidence in the region's future."

The IFSP enables companies to apply for dollar-for-dollar assistance towards business improvement activities, with more than 150 companies receiving assistance since 2011.

A total of 89 funding recipients have completed their projects, resulting in $155 million in contracts won and the creation of 275 new jobs, including 22 apprenticeships.

Successful recipients include Pilbara-based Oceanic Offshore, which has secured about $1.5 million in contracts thanks to IFSP funding received in 2011 for specialised equipment.

The West Australian

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