Western Australia Holds Summit to Boost Oil & Gas Jobs

The Western Australia State Government will stage a major jobs summit to maximize jobs and opportunities from Western Australia's offshore oil and gas projects.

The 'Offshore Oil and Gas Jobs Summit' will be held in the Legislative Assembly at the WA Parliament on Friday, February 27.

The summit will be chaired by State Development Minister Clive Brown and will feature representations from senior executives from companies including ChevronTexaco and Woodside Petroleum. Senior representatives from the Australian Manufacturing Workers' Union, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, APPEA and the Chamber of Minerals and Energy will also contribute.

Mr. Brown said, during an inspection of work on the $6million Linda Platform at Perth's Australian Marine Complex's Common User Facility (AMC-CUF). The Linda Platform is being constructed for Apache Energy and will be used to extract gas offshore from Barrow Island.

The Minister said the construction of the Linda Platform was the first of a number of offshore oil and gas fabrication projects that would take place at the Australian Marine Complex.

"WA's rapidly expanding resources sector is underpinning Western Australia's performance as Australia's leading State economy," he said.

"The challenge for Government, industry and the union movement is now to maximize the jobs and opportunities for Western Australians resulting from this impressive period of resources development.

"With projects like the Gorgon Gas Development and increasing interest in WA's other world class gas fields, it is vital that Government, industry and the union movement work together to ensure that the vast majority of fabrication and technical work is performed in WA.

"The 'Offshore Oil and Gas Summit' will be an important first step to ensuring that Western Australians continue to benefit from WA's strong economic performance to ensure that WA continues to be the engine-room of the national economy."

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