GE has officially opened a new oil & gas facility in Broome, WA, which will bring technical and operational excellence to the region and service the offshore installation phase of the INPEX-operated Ichthys LNG project.
Mary Hackett, GE Oil & Gas Regional Director for Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea, said the new facility further expanded and strengthened GE’s servicing and technical capabilities in Australia to support local LNG industry.
“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,” Ms Hackett said.
According to the press release by GE, the facility – which was built by Broome-based contractor H&M Tracey Construction Pty Ltd – includes approximately 500 square metres of warehouse, 4000 square metres of equipment hardstand area and 120 square metres of office space, including dedicated office space for INPEX.
“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,” Ms Hackett added.
GE said that the Broome location was chosen due to its proximity to the offshore operations and to complement INPEX’s existing offshore support infrastructure in Broome. It also said the new facility will work in conjunction with GE’s established operations in Jandakot, south of Perth.
The company has employed a team of seven at the custom-built workshop facility located in Broome North, which has already dispatched the first equipment to support the commencement of the first well in the Ichthys field in late January.
Geoff Culbert, President and CEO GE Australia and New Zealand, said the company will continue to utilise local services and suppliers where possible. According to him, the new facility was further proof of GE’s commitment to Australia.
“GE has invested more than $800 million in infrastructure to support energy and power generation projects in Australia since 2005. The Broome facility is another example of GE’s commitment to delivering real solutions to our customers, and where they need them,” he said.