Chevron: Services Companies Critical to Australia's LNG future
Australia might be receiving plenty of praise as it builds towards becoming a leading global exporter of liquefied natural gas (LNG) but there are still fears the country won’t be able to make the most of this opportunity.
According to Chevron Australia Pty Ltd.’s Managing Director Roy Krzywosinski, service providers will play a key role in helping to overcome these fears by demonstrating Australia has the capability and capacity to support a globally competitive LNG industry.
He believes it is critical Chevron, and other major operators around the country, maintain strong relationships with services companies beyond the construction phase to deliver a healthy sector and prosperous domestic LNG industry.
Speaking at the Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association (APPEA) Conference in Melbourne recently, Krzywosinski said the LNG industry in Australia was in transition and would rely on a services sector that was prepared for the changing environment.
“The industry’s capacity has never before been stretched or tested (like this) with the addition of 13 new gas trains. I believe the most successful services companies over the long-term will be the ones who are flexible, adaptable and cost competitive,” Krzywosinski said.
“The services industry covers everything from camp services and logistics to plant maintenance, facilities management and subsea infrastructure just to name a few. Much of the work is highly skilled, highly technical and highly specialized.”
According to a recent report by management consultants, Accenture, LNG exports can contribute $42 billion (AUD 55 billion) to Australia’s gross domestic product (GDP) in 2020.
The report states that in order for Australia to secure its place as the world’s leading LNG producer there is a need to improve international competitiveness, remove regulatory constraints and introduce a more flexible labor relations regime.
Leading LNG operators and service providers surveyed for the report responded that, despite these challenges, they believed the industry was prepared for the transition in several areas, including building workforce capacity and capability, and tuning and adapting business models for production.
Following a similar theme, Krzywosinski singled out two major obstacles standing in the way of Australia being successful during the LNG operations phase.
“It is a national imperative we get the policy settings right to attract the next wave of investment. Some would say this represents a potential $100 billion waiting in the wings with the associated economic benefits,” he said.
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