Businesses throughout the Surat Basin have been given an insight into opportunities for working with QGC, an Australian coal seam gas explorer.
More than 250 companies were in attendance, as various representatives talked about working with QGC, as well as input from suppliers, tradespeople and other businesses.
QGC’s upstream operations manager Richard Schokman explained that the company is delivering benefits to local communities, with the Western Downs region already receiving almost $400 million of funding.
In recent days, a contract was awarded to Transfield Services, which will supply regular maintenance on pipeline facilities and gas fields.
The Chinchilla-based firm has shown a commitment to employing local people and, as a result of this five-year contract, may even be able to offer apprenticeships in Surat Basin.
A pipe installation contract was also recently granted to Brisbane-based Murphy Pipe and Civil Constructions Pty Ltd, which is believed to be worth in the region of $100 million.
The company will be responsible for laying more than 90km of steel pipelines and will enlist the expertise of 250 people to complete the job by the middle of 2013.
Wherever possible, local tradespeople will be employed to carry out the task.