Businesses set for new phase when LNG construction ends

GLADSTONE businesses are committing their time to finding out how they can survive the next "bust", as construction on the Curtis Island projects begin to reach their peak.

The individual owners of the LNG plants are also putting feelers out to prospective contractors and sub-contractors that can adhere to their high standards and environmental conditions.

But it won't be easy, with small and medium businesses needing to ensure their capability statements are up to date with the latest information, and that internally the business is being managed to the standards expected.

Two free events held on Wednesday - Bechtel's business sustainability workshops and an Australia Pacific LNG and Gladstone Engineering Alliance supplier information session - were to encourage small to medium businesses to grow long-term value and see how they could become involved in the LNG plants' operational contracts.

Some of the contracts that APLNG will require for its operations include everything from ferries, security, lifting equipment, recycling, pest control and lab services.

The two big ones - operational and maintenance services, and engineering services - will be finalised before the end of the year with all other contracts finalised no later than August 2014.

APLNG project senior local content adviser Tim McGrath told the 200-strong attendance that Gladstone suppliers would also be able to cash in on "upstream" jobs, with the upstream element beginning in the gas fields, including the pipeline and everything up to the nozzle that connects to the LNG facility on Curtis Island.

"But all members who wish to be part of our supply chain need to comply with the environmental conditions," of which APLNG has more than 1600, Mr McGrath said.

"A capability statement tells us what you do and what you can deliver."

Meanwhile, over at Bechtel's business seminar, Shirlaws Coaching CEO Tim Dwyer was telling some of Gladstone's small businesses, from tourist accommodation to training and hiring organisations, about how to improve their business lifecycles, managing expectations and how to effectively downsize to remain profitable in the event the business development couldn't fit the gap.

"To produce a valued outcome for a client, the key to business is relationships," he said.

"You need to know the business and choose the relationships to focus on."


APLNG needs suppliers for:

  •  Operations and management services
  • Engineering services
  • Ferries
  • Security
  • Lifting equipment
  • Recycling
  • Pest control
  • Lab services
  • Tank cleaning
  • Chemical cleaning
  • Water treatment services