By Sarah Byrne

SUBSEA company Oceaneering opened its new Jandakot facility on 23 February, with minister for mines and petroleum Bill Marmion and Oceaneering International chief executive Kevin McEvoy attending.

Oceaneering staff showcased the facility’s 100 tonne high bay overhead crane, inspection facility, remotely operated vehicle service, mobilisation warehouse and on-site integration testing facilities, as well as Australia’s only subsea first response toolkit, available in the event of a loss of well-control emergency.

Oceaneering Australia managing director Brett Smith told Oil & Gas Australia he expected the facility to become recognised as a world class oil and gas industry services hub, specifically a subsea centre of expertise.

The Jandakot facility provided the opportunity for the development of new technologies customised to local needs, he said.

Mr Smith said combined in-house manufacturing and global experience means the facility will play a major role in the development of new technologies and products.

Mr Smith said the company chose to build the facility in Jandakot due to its proximity to rapid transport links, as well as supporting industry infrastructure, such as the Australian Marine Complex, located in Henderson.

“Jandakot is also becoming a hub of oil and gas industry expertise and capability, with other global companies establishing major footprint in the area,” he said.

“Our multi-million dollar investment in the Jandakot facility came about because we take a long term view of the market, Oceaneering is very well positioned to create real value for operations, so we have an optimistic view of the future,” Mr Smith said.