Local suppliers benefit from rig build project. Easternwell's Gareth Ross Ewith Obadare Group's Matt Warner.
Local suppliers benefit from rig build project. Easternwell's Gareth Ross Ewith Obadare Group's Matt Warner. Contributed

Easternwell's rig build provides economic injection

EASTERNWELL'S latest rig build project continues to boost local business with the company well into the construction of one of three new rigs as part of a five-year contract to provide 11 well servicing rigs and associated services to Shell's QGC business Surat Basin operations.

More than 40 per cent of the project spend will be injected into the local economy while Easternwell builds the three new well servicing rigs at their Toowoomba workshop.

Oztec Manufacturing is one local supplier supporting the project by manufacturing the rig's sites offices.

"We design and manufacture farm machinery, commercial conveying systems, equipment for the oil and gas drilling industries, mining and structural steel projects for general industry," Oztec Manufacturing Director John Sheehan said.

"We're excited to be working with Easternwell on this project and congratulate Easternwell on their substantial support of local industry. We appreciate the opportunity to be involved in this project."

"As a local company we support local businesses and provide opportunities for them to be involved in our business for this project and beyond," Easternwell General Manager Kyle Koziol said.

"We enjoy the personal interaction with local business and the opportunity to work collaboratively to deliver safer operations at a lower cost to support a globally competitive Australian resources industry."

Additionally, Easternwell is sourcing many of the materials required during the project such as steel, pipe and pipe fittings, nuts, bolts, lifting equipment, winch lines, PPE, welding consumables, tools, electrical parts, paint, fuel, oil and safety equipment from a range of local suppliers within the Toowoomba and Surat Basin region.

Easternwell, a subsidiary of global service provider Broadspectrum, plans to increase its local workforce by 20 per cent and local procurement by nine per cent.

These goals reflect the desire of Shell's QGC business and Easternwell to provide more opportunities for the local community and are set out in the contract for this work.