Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) is focused on a timely delivery of the Inland Rail project and with support from governments, in partnership with the private sector and hand-in-hand with the community, they will ensure as many of the benefits as possible from Inland Rail will flow into local regions.
As of 26 November 2018 ARTC had 187 live contracts for materials, goods and services worth $637 million. This major project is expected to deliver an estimated 2,300 new jobs in the Darling Downs region and with the ARTC committed to using local suppliers and labour where possible it provides local businesses with opportunities.
TSBE is developing a Rail Capability Profile for the region. This profile will help TSBE recognise suitably skilled and experienced suppliers and contractors in the region and will be utilised to identify potential skill shortages.
If you haven’t registered your interest yet please click HERE to register, if you have registered keep your eye out for a supplier assessment to be released shortly.
CSG Operation and Maintenance (O&M) Phase Opportunity
The Operations and Maintenance (O&M) phase for a project involves ongoing work over a long period of time – until project close. Three currently sanctioned projects exist in the Surat Basin, with each having a project life of up to 20 years due to offtake agreements of the sold gas. Project life is however, dependent on existing tenements for existing infrastructure, which can extend a project’s life.
Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Contracts
Contracts for the Operations and Maintenance (O&M) phase of projects will be dealt out to large high value firms for a long term period. Supply chain businesses can work with these O&M contractors who run or maintain the plants by providing certain products and services to assist them with their operations.
TSBE has been advised that many of the larger companies are largely self-sufficient for work of a specialised technical nature. Often, their divisions can provide in-house comprehensive mechanical and electrical services to manage and maintain their facilities and equipment. This operational segment can also offer consultancy services focusing on plant optimisation and asset management.
Current examples of contracts in the O&M phase of Surat Basin gas projects include Veolia Water, Transfield Services, GE Oil & Gas and Siemens.
In time, strong opportunities will also present for trade-based businesses (servicing/call-outs/shutdown assistance/technical assistance/part replacement) and metal fabricators (facility repair/maintenance/small extensions). Opportunities will also present for pipeline maintenance, require some land easement, access management – weed, pest, regrowth controlling.
Guidance for Suppliers
TSBE can offer support and assistance to suppliers looking to compete for work in coal seam gas (CSG) projects. To better understand how your business can put its best foot forward when competing for work in the CSG industry please review TSBE’s Guidance for Suppliers Fact Sheet.
There are a number of other opportunities that TSBE can assist businesses in the supply chain gain access to. Some of these opportunities exist within the following areas:
- Major Projects
- Local Government Procurement
- State Government Procurement
- Defence – Familiarisation with opportunities for procurement with Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO)
A number of State and Federal grants are available for application. Please follow the links below for more information:
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