QGC has launched a new policy and strategy to make it simpler for community and regional businesses to be part of its supply chain.
The move comes as works start to roll out for the $1.7 billion Charlie development in the Surat Basin, with the FKG Group of Toowoomba starting work on a $16 million contract to widen a local road.
Managing director Tony Nunan said the changes would ensure local businesses had full, fair and reasonable opportunity to compete for QGC business.
“Actively encouraging local procurement is one of the four objectives of our new Local Content Policy,” he said.
“Businesses can now register their interest in working with us through our website free of charge.
“These measures will help QGC build on its track record of creating opportunities for local business as we work to supply natural gas to businesses and homes in Australia and beyond.”
Data from the 2015 financial year shows QGC’s investment and operational spending was $6.2 billion, with more than 1700 Australian suppliers.
QGC said it had spent $400 million with almost 700 suppliers located in eight regional Queensland local government areas where it operated.
Mr Nunan said that while procurement results in 2015 reflected the end of construction of the first phase of the QCLNG project, the company’s 2016 spend would benefit from the $1.7 billion Charlie development announced in November 2015.
“An Australian Industry Participation Plan is being developed for the Charlie project,” he said.
“To date, main works contractor, CPB Contractors, has already awarded 24 per cent of almost $100 million in sub-contracts to businesses located in the Surat Basin.”