GE has officially opened a new oil and gas facility in Broome, Western Australia, specifically designed to service subsea projects. The regional facility will support the offshore installation phase of the Inpex-operated Ichthys LNG project, which includes local support for the preparation, storage and routine maintenance of subsea equipment supplied by GE Oil & Gas.
Mary Hackett, GE Oil & Gas Regional Director for Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea said: “The establishment of the Broome facility represents an exciting milestone for our business in Australia […] We are proud to be able to provide customers a solution that will mean better and more efficient operational and maintenance support for crucial offshore LNG development. It is great to deliver that excellence as part of the Broome community.
“This facility has been built by locals, it is supported by local businesses and services, and the GE team members live in Broome. As part of the community, we look forward to providing year-round support to our customers during project development and ongoing operations.”
GE has employed a team of seven who work at the custom-built workshop facility located in the Blue Haze Industrial Estate in Broome North. The facility includes approximately 500 m2 of warehouse, 120 m2 of office space and 4000 m2 of equipment hardstand area.
H&M Tracey Construction Pty Ltd was awarded the construction contract, following a comprehensive open tender.
The Broome location was chosen for its proximity to the offshore operations and to complement Inpex’s existing offshore support infrastructure in Broome.
Throughout its operation, GE will continue to utilise local services and suppliers where possible. The new facility will work in conjunction with GE’s established operations in Jandakot, south of Perth.
Adapted from press release by Callum O'Reilly
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