MAJOR LNG companies operating in Western Australia will now release two-year procurement plans to make local business more aware of upcoming opportunities in the sector.

WA Premier Mark McGowan unveiled Forward Work Plans – the latest initiative of the LNG Jobs Taskforce – as he opened the Australasian Oil and Gas (AOG) Exhibition and Conference in Perth.

The Forward Work Plans initiative is designed to help local businesses plan by providing information on prospective tender and contracting opportunities over the next two years.

This will increase transparency and support local industry to be more proactive in taking advantage of opportunities.

As part of the programME, Chevron, Woodside, Shell and Santos have volunteered to submit their procurement Forward Work Plans to the State annually, with the first plan provided this month. The plans will then be made available publicly on a dedicated LNG Forward Work Plans project page on ICN Gateway.

The Premier said the release of the Forward Work Plans is another first for the Western Australian LNG sector and the State Government’s latest push to cement WA as the region’s pre-eminent LNG hub.

The LNG Jobs Taskforce, announced by the Premier at AOG 2018, met for the first time in December. Its role is to establish WA as a global LNG hub servicing Australia and the broader Asia-Pacific region, create investment opportunities and unlock new jobs in the LNG industry.

Premier McGowan said Western Australia continues to lead the nation in natural gas exports, exporting almost 50 million tonnes of LNG a year.

“I’m excited to see the co-operation of the major operators in releasing their first two-year Forward Work Plans at this year’s AOG in Perth,” he said.

“We want WA businesses and workers to be in the box seat to take advantage of jobs in the LNG sector.

“The plans will have a major impact in helping Western Australian businesses manage and maximise contracting opportunities and supply chains in the industry.

“They are aimed at encouraging and supporting suppliers to ‘gear up’ and secure potential contracts by allowing them to develop new skills in their workforces and new infrastructure.

“With initiatives like the Forward Work Plans, the LNG Jobs Taskforce is bringing together government and industry to maximise local jobs in WA’s LNG sector and establish the State as an LNG hub servicing Australia and the Asia-Pacific.”