Premier Mark McGowan has praised The University of Western Australia (UWA) and industry partners for a joint research laboratory that will position Western Australia as a global energy hub leader, stimulating the economy and creating jobs.
The Premier announced the opening of the Centre for Long Subsea Tiebacks laboratory located at UWA, while attending the Resources Technology Showcase.
The centre will focus on ground-breaking long subsea 'tieback' discoveries that will enhance industry's understanding of hostile deep-sea conditions. Subsea tiebacks are a 'connection' between a new oil and gas discovery with an existing production facility.
The development of new long subsea tieback technology helps to unlock the economic viability of WA gas fields that have not yet been commercialised due to their location.
The centre is a key focus area for the LNG Jobs Taskforce and is jointly funded by Chevron and Woodside with approximately AUD$600,000 per annum.
Building an international reputation as a global energy hub for long subsea tiebacks will enhance jobs through the deployment of expertise and technology, as well as grow jobs and career opportunities in WA.
The new centre will provide leading research and technology in one place. It will be highly integrated into industry and working on real-world challenges and solutions for the LNG sector.
UWA Vice-Chancellor Professor Dawn Freshwater said the collaborative research centre was a significant project that fulfilled the University’s aim of serving the community and improving people's lives.
“Not only will it enhance Perth and WA as a centre of offshore engineering excellence, it aligns with UWA's plans to expand and strengthen global partnerships, as we work to become a pivotal knowledge hub for the Indian Ocean Rim region,” Professor Freshwater said.
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