New gas project on agenda at TSBE event
HIRING locally, upskilling employees and working with local businesses are all a priority with further drilling in the Surat basin according to QGC.
Upstream Integration general manager at QGC Bill Langin, said this was the precedent at the TSBE (Toowoomba Surat Basin Enterprise) evening in Chinchilla last Thursday.
QGC recently announced a new gasfield development, Project Ruby, which will see 161 natural gas wells drilled in their current tenements in the Surat Basin and is expected to provide 350 jobs, with 70 based locally.
Mr Langin said the focus was on providing skills to locals to help secure their employability.
"We are making a conscious effort to procure locally, to hire locally and do what we can but it's still not good enough,” he said.
"We need to not just say we are providing opportunities but we need to educate around what it takes to become a part of our supply chain.”
Despite a number of new wells being drilled, Mr Langin said he'd like to set it clear that there would be no more major developments.
"You shouldn't expect to see any more major construction projects from us in order to develop the gas reserves we currently have,” he said.
"So even when you hear the term projects, what it shouldn't trigger in your mind is another massive construction phase.”
Mr Langin said the largest part of QGC's business going forward will be called the operations.
"Currently out in the Surat Basin we have approximately 3000 wells that have been drilled and connected to our pipeline system,” he said.
"Those wells don't simply sit there, working the gas without us attending to them. 80% of our activity going forward will not be on things called projects, it will be on things you see happening on the existing wells, the existing facilities.”
Working on Project Ruby, Mr Langin said they'd be looking at longer term contracts with local employees and sourcing more local material.
"It's about developing a strong local workforce and creating the skills we need from the communities here,” he said.
"No-one knows this land better than you so why should we bring someone else in to work on the land?”