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GE opens £100m oil and gas technology and learning complex in Western Australia

Friday, December 9, 2011

GE Oil and Gas has opened a $100m technology and learning complex in Jandakot, Western Australia, to help train upstream service and maintenance staff.

Chevron Australia plans to train "hundreds" of its Perth engineering and technical staff at the facility.

Altogether, GE anticipates providing 4,000 training days during 2012 from the centre.

There are big concerns about shortages of skilled engineering staff in Western Australia.

The centre's budget rose from $80m to $100m as it was being built, due to increasing demand from the local oil and gas industry.

It will be used to train staff working on LNG trains.

Every day an LNG train is out of action can cost up to $15 million, so maximizing uptime and optimizing maintenance schedules plays a crucial role in productivity, GE says.

Equipment maintenance services will also be provided from the complex.

"By 2020 Australia will be the biggest exporter of LNG in the world," says Steve Sargent, CEO and president, GE Australia and New Zealand.

"Ensuring that Australia benefits fully from this boom requires us to develop skills and technical capabilities in country. This investment ensures that we are not only able to support our customers more effectively but we also support Australia's long-term benefits.'

GE Oil & Gas has partnered with Chevron, Woodside, ConocoPhilips, Manufacturing Skills Australia, Navitas, ACEPT (Australian Center for Energy and Process Training) and Apprenticeships Australia to create a" Community of Technical Best Practice" initiative, and this initiative has received funding and support from the Australian Federal Government in recognition of the impact it will have on the skills shortage in the booming resources market.

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