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Feature APLNG ‘Raise the Roof’ on Local Business Opportunities Construction phase of the Australia Pacific LNG project is currently at a peak and will be finalised by 2015. The maintenance and operations phase has an expected project life of 30 years and Downstream is preparing to tender to the market. The Gladstone Engineering Alliance along with APLNG has helped give insight to local business into the Operations and Maintenance phase of the project as well as the opportunities and expectations of the supply chain partners for Downstream Facility at a supplier briefing breakfast hosted on Wednesday, 10th July. Speakers at the event - Nage Moummar - ABU East Supply Chain Manager ConocoPhillips, Jack Taylor - HSE team leader ConocoPhillips, Deb Archbold – Managing Director Deborah Wilson Consulting Services and Tim Mcgrath – Senior Local Content Manager ConocoPhillips offered information to local businesses with a specific focus on those looking directly at obtaining maintenance and operation contracts and sub-contracts. Conoco Phillips is at the coal-face of the projects and has committed to exploring real options to source locally and will work to influence their primary contractors to do so. There is a need in the region to clearly outline the specific skill sets and capabilities of local businesses and have this information readily available to large corporations when assessing the requirements of this phase. A heavy reliance on the ICN gateway as the starting point for sourcing contractors and suppliers was emphasised by APLNG as well as partnerships with local organisations, such as the GEA. The APLNG team stressed that in order to effectively promote one’s capabilities, it is a must that all information on the ICN gateway is accurate and up-to-date. Quality systems and risk management were identified as mechanisms by which local businesses can increase capabilities and review the required standards in order to compete and win contracts. There was encouragement to review and reflect upon the importance placed on quality systems and risk management all the way down the supply chain – from Tier 1 contractors through to individual sub-contractors with a high value placed on ISO accreditation- a program which the GEA recognises as vital to competition and lends support to with a pilot program currently in development. The focus on HSE, risk assessment and quality systems was re-enforced as a primary way of growing capabilities.


It has often been recognised that there is a common challenge for businesses to get to the right person in relation to tendering for major contracts and perhaps the most beneficial and invaluable aspect for attendees to the event was the accessibility to those direct contacts “Without pre-existing relationships we have found it difficult to find the right people to talk to about the technical requirements and processes needed. This morning’s briefing was exactly what we were waiting for and needed to complete the puzzle.” – Derek Berg, Berg Engineering. The APLNG team highlighted precisely which industries would be sought after in the maintenance and operations phase of the process and indicated that contracts can be expected to begin rolling out in August and September of this year. Steve Hall, of Corporate Protection Australia noted that it was ‘a fantastic opportunity meeting Nage Moummar and also Tim McGrath. The session and presentations were more than interesting and informative and the ability to speak with the supply manager personally is not to be missed.’ – one indication that businesses are getting access to the information they need to prepare for upcoming tenders. The GEA’s core mission is to represent, support and promote the capacity, capabilities, competitiveness and interests of its members and to assist them in meeting world’s best practice. Successful events such as these and the relationships that the GEA fosters with these project leaders are just one way that this service is delivered. The GEA will be at the fore-front of the roll-outs and the promotion of those who are awarded contracts as well as the sub-contracts to follow.

APLNG Breakfast

Industry Conference Gladstone Engineering Alliance Industry Conference presented by Golding Contractors The Gladstone Engineering Alliance Industry Conference presented by Golding Contractors is here again and this year the event is celebrating its 10th year! The conference has consistently proven to be one of the region’s most popular industry events, selling out each year in a matter of days and drawing more than 200 top industry professionals from across Australia. Conference presenters represent Central Queensland’s major industries, infrastructure developers and leaders in the mineral processing and mining industry. The conference provides a forum for major industry proponents to showcase project overviews, timelines, contacts and work packages, thus providing a unique and powerful opportunity for speakers to prepare potential future suppliers on business prospects in Central Queensland. Past presenters include: Chris CilliersProject Manager for Worley Parsons/Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal, Bill Evans- Managing Director & Global Head of Economics Westpac Banking Corporation, Adam Dickens- Team Leader GLNG Contracts & Procurement, Simon Thomas- Project Director QR National and Kevin Berg-Bechtel General Manager Gladstone among others.

The conference not only provides attendees with pertinent work package information directly from project managers and procurement professionals but also a fruitful networking environment where attendees can directly liaise with the presenters as well as other supplier delegates. GEA attributes the fact that the conference is a consistently sold out event to the usefulness and calibre of the event. In particular, for a company new to the area, it is a very efficient way to network, familiarise yourself with the most active CQ/ Gladstone Region suppliers. Tickets for the conference will be made available Monday July, 22. Please note, GEA do have a handful of sponsorship opportunities left for the conference. Should you be interested in sponsorship opportunities or have any additional questions about the conference don’t hesitate to contact the GEA team.

Save the date Monday 22 July 2013 Industry Conference presented by Golding Contractors Tickets ON SALE!

Tuesday 17 September 2013

Industry Update Luncheon hosted by ANZ bank. Tickets on sale Tuesday 20 August.

Thursday 24 October 2013

GEA Industry Conference & 10th Anniversary Gala Dinner

For more information about all GEA events 3

Member of the Month Projects Unlimited Projects Unlimited is a Civil Construction and Industrial Maintenance Company that is currently servicing major industrial sites with Earthworks, Concrete Works, Road Construction, Industrial & Commercial Buildings, Plumbing, Stormwater & Drainage, Steel Fabrication & Installation. Projects Unlimited has expanded its range of Services to include the Residential Industry, now offering Building & Pest Inspections and Property Maintenance and Repairs.

satisfaction is achieved, Projects Unlimited delivers high quality workmanship at very competitive rates.

Project Unlimited’s professional team is experienced and focused on providing superior customer service throughout the life of your project. Projects Unlimited pride themselves in completing all projects in a timely manner whilst maintaining their exceptional safety record. With a positive attitude to ensuring customer

If you need a Professional Team to complete your next Project just think Projects Unlimited.

Projects Unlimited has a range of Expert Tradespeople and Inspectors who are fully licenced/trade qualified, insured and members of Building Services Authority. We work in accordance with the current Australian Standards and are independent of any third parties.

Projects Unlimited

Construction Contracts

Ensuring project success

13th Annual Construction Law Conference 12-13 September 2013 at Mercure Capricorn Resort, Yeppoon This event will provide you with an understanding of the evolving contractual landscape, together with the guidelines and regulations which the industry faces. We’ll show you why it is important to get the contractual elements of a construction project correct, to ensure a successful outcome. Registration and full conference program at -


GEA Forming Alliances Elevate Media Elevate Media is a Gladstone based Marketing Agency that has grown from strength to strength over the past two years. We have been working with the GEA by producing their monthly newsletter, conference programs for events and assisting Carli and her team with social media and digital training. We have also provided graphic design for GEA events, print advertising and created the logos for Women in Industry and the 10 Year Badge, which has showcased Elevate Media’s unique services. From our ongoing relationship with the GEA we have been connected with other GEA members and have had the opportunity to work on marketing strategies, branding, websites, digital and social media strategies as well as a number of capability statements and coporate documents.

The team at GEA share our passion for creating business opportunities, which is exactly what Carli, Kim and the team have done for us. We thank them for opening doors and not only inviting us to fantastic memberto-member functions, supplier information sessions and conferences, but for going the extra mile and connecting us to other GEA members. The GEA is a valuable local not for profit initiative and we are proud to work with the team and encourage other local businesses to jump on board. Karina Brindley Managing Director | Elevate Media Phone: 0402 107 666 Email: Website:

Prime Rentals “Over the past decade Prime Rentals has grown from a small equipment rental business employing 16 people to 75 staff today with branches throughout Central Queensland. A high growth business brings its own challenges and in particular the pressure to spend more time on the next sale rather than spending some time putting a firm foundation and structure in place. In short we were becoming time-poor. In the hectic pace of modern business sometimes you don’t know what you don’t know. A case in point was our satisfaction with our HR system based on no significant issues to date. That attitude changed when through the Gladstone Engineering Alliance (GEA) and their persistence for us to meet world best practice standards we invested in a subsidized HR audit. The report exposed areas of risk and identified potential improvement strategies in the selection and interaction of staff. The GEA recommended we engage a consultant from a panel they had put together. We chose Hellen Ryan

“a member and local” from Solutions for HR to help us develop a comprehensive HR system and roll out relevant policies and procedures. The program was implemented over a six month period by utilizing Hellen’s consultancy services once or twice per week. Today Prime boasts an employee friendly environment, a code of conduct and opportunities for self development. Hellen is very affable and professional at the same time and I would recommend her to any business serious about the development of their people. I congratulate the GEA for the foresight to put this kind of initiative in place for their members. Keep up the good work.” Les Salter Corporate Manager | Prime Rentals Phone: 07 4976 8109 | Fax 07 49 727 355 Email: Website:

Clough Amec As a new business moving into Gladstone one of our biggest challenges was to understand the local market and establish relationships with local organisations. Thanks to the GEA and their program of networking functions we have been able to identify and meet local business contacts and form business relationships. The other tool I have found very useful is the capabilities matrix in the member’s booklet. As a reference this saves me a lot of time when looking for specific capabilities

where we are happy to support local business and GEA members. Keep up the good work and looking forward to the next networking function. Neville McLucas Senior Contracts Manager Clough Amec


Safety Moment Fatigue An employee momentarily falls asleep at the wheel while driving to work and subsequently fails to see that a truck ahead has come to a stop. Fortunately he is not seriously injured. This can easily happen with any organisation; it may not involve driving a car; but include other activities such as operating machinery.

When we move into the warmer weather we are more prone to the effects of long working hours, warm working conditions poor sleep and other activities outside work that we may indulge in due to the season. Workers need to be aware of the need for good rest before starting a shift to prevent injury to and from work and on the job so they may spend quality time with the family.

Fatigue is the loss of alertness and capacity to perform safely. Fatigue can result from: •

Insufficient or poor quality sleep

Working at times you would normally be asleep

Carrying out mentally or physically demanding activities.

If your organisation does not have a Fatigue Management procedure in place consider implementing one now before the warm weather is upon us.

There are a number of potential causes of fatigue in our working lives including: •


Work requirements

Shift length

Time and type of shift (night, afternoon, rotating)

Recovery time away from work


Stress (work/family/financial)

Quality of sleep, particularly daytime sleep for shift workers.



The key to business success is often going back to basics or in this case the drawing board!

Maybe you are trying to move your business forward but feel like you’re just standing still.

That’s because like many business owners you are spending more time working in the business than on it.

Progressing your business, is the difference between surviving and thriving in today’s competitive world.

A SWOT analysis is almost certainly the most important step in successfully moving your business forward.

Drawing up a SWOT Analysis will help you:


Build on Strengths

Minimise Weaknesses

Seize Opportunities

Counteract Threats


What makes a SWOT analysis particularly powerful, is that it helps you understand your business and the areas that need improving and then assists you with making important decisions that will make your business thrive.

It also helps in determining your company’s core capabilities and establishing goals with respect to strategic planning.

AT GTC, we can help you undertake a SWOT analysis and assist you in the journey of taking your business to the next level.

Updates GE Awarded Contract for QGC on Curtis Island GE Oil & Gas, a leading supplier of equipment and services for liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects, has recieved a 22-year contractual service agreement in the operations phase of the QCLNG project on Curtis Island. The QGC plant is the first of four LNG projects scheduled for Curtis Island and is expected to begin production in 2014, with the LNG produced primarily targeted for export including to China, Japan and Singapore. GE will deliver advanced technology and services which will enable safe and reliable operations of the LNG plant. The GE scope of work will include planned and unplanned maintenance of the GE equipment being installed at the QCLNG plant, including gas turbines, centrifugal compressors, gearboxes, generators and all auxiliaries. The agreement also includes monitoring and diagnostic services, as well as reliability guarantees on the equipment. Using GE’s technology will contribute to the QCLNG plant being one of the most emissions-efficient facilities of its kind in the world. The QCLNG project will be supported by GE resources in the Asia Pacific


region and worldwide. Maintenance activities on the power turbines and compressors will take place at GE Oil & Gas facilities in Jandakot, Western Australia and in Florence, Italy. Monitoring and diagnostics will be provided from GE Oil & Gas’ global iCenters, located in Florence, Houston and Kuala Lumpur. These centers house teams that constantly track and advise on the performance of installed equipment, enabling customers to optimize plant availability and life cycle of parts. This ability to ‘predict-and-prevent’ service and maintenance issues through the industrial internet—a connected network of technology, data and experts— is a core part of GE’s strategy to deliver the most advanced service solutions to its customers. Australia now has under construction 70 percent of the world’s LNG capacity, capable of supporting 40-50 years of production, according to Australia’s Bureau of Resources and Energy Economics. With this high level of activity, the LNG industry is playing a key role in Australia’s long-term energy security, economic growth and job creation. Source: Business Wire


The Gladstone Engineering Alliance is conducting one-on-one interviews with all our members to discuss in detail your concerns and to determine how we can assist further. In order to gather more information about your requirements we would strongly encourage you to complete the survey to enable us to serve you better. The survey should take no more than 10 minutes of your time and as a token of our appreciation we’re offering a credit card to the value of $250.

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Event Update Member to Member event hosted by CQ Digital Solutions June saw yet another successful GEA Member to Member networking opportunity hosted by CQ Digital Solutions. With over 60 attendees the event proved to be both a great networking opportunity and a fun and relaxed event. CQ Digital Solutions hosted the event at their new premises on Chapple St and were pleased with the feedback from the event. If you would be interested in hosting one of our future Member to Member networking evenings, contact the GEA –

The team at CQ Digital Solutions

1800 TJS QLD 1800 857 735 TJS Services are committed to serving our customers with a consistently high level of service, earning their trust and ongoing loyalty. Our team offers a combination of services delivered with superior innovation, cost effectiveness and measurable service outcomes. With a unique management structure TJS Services specialists Client Service Managers all have a dedicated client base ensuring that every customer receives total commitment. TJS Services covers a large range of sectors within our community. TJS first began in the Hospitality sector and has since expanded into Education, Commercial, Retail, Government and Mining/Oil/Gas. TJS has the expertise and capabilities to provide outstanding service within each sector with services including Commercial


Cleaning, Managed Facility Services, Maintenance Services, High Pressure Cleaning, Builders Clean, and Grounds Maintenance. TJS also specialists service in managing fit-outs, refurbishments, major repairs and building projects. From the Gold Coast to Cairns TJS can provide all services throughout Queensland. We able to give our clients real-time solutions to services required for their sites through our state-of-the-art software program QMC. We provide you with a unique client log in so you can track trends that need improvement, schedule jobs, facilitate and track your communication with us and track completion of jobs. TJS has successfully obtained certificates in Quality Management Systems, Environmental Safety Systems and Occupational Health Systems. Accreditation has been achieved to ISO standards. At TJS we pride ourselves on the delivery of quality services that generate real cost savings through intelligent and effective services scheduling and management.

Social Pics APLNG Breakfast

Derek Berg (Berg Engineering) & Jamie Leach (Westpac)

Environmine Data Services

John Thistlewaite & Clint Haggett (Force Access) & Deb Archbald (APLNG)

Nelson Dindillo (Energy Power Systems) & Jeff Clifton (Rops)

Patrick Barnes (Barnes Electrical), Julie-Ann Devilee (Dept of State Development, Infrastructure & Planning), Martin Karlsen (DMS)

Patrick Wood (Intertek) & Les Salter (Prime Rentals)

Peter Smith (Aurecon), Steve Williams (Welcon Technologies), Morry Bowden (Slade Industries)

Tim McGrath (APLNG) & Stephen Dodd (Thomas & Coffey)

Project News Gladstone, Curtis Island LNG projects ink pipeline deal Companies behind two major liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects in Queensland have reached a bilateral agreement to jointly invest in secondary pipelines to allow gas to flow between the two projects. The deal is between the developers of the $US18.5 billion Gladstone LNG project on Curtis Island and the $US15 billion Queensland Curtis LNG project. It involves Santos, Petronas, Total and Kogas, who are behind the Gladstone LNG project, and BG Group and QGC, the firms behind the Queensland Curtis LNG project. The pipeline deal will also allow the two projects to be able to buy, sell and swap gas between themselves. “We expect that this will be just one of the many mutually beneficial arrangements across the industry in the future,” Santos said in a statement announcing the agreement.

The firms have not put a price tag on expected cost savings from the project. The Queensland Curtis project is expected to begin making LNG exports from 2014, while the Gladstone LNG project is scheduled to begin shipments in 2015. The agreement covers the construction of two interconnecting pipelines running 50 kilometres each, one on the western side of the Narrows Crossing in central Queensland and the other on Curtis Island. To view the full statement released by Santos, visit: and_QGC_sign_industry_collaboration_deal.pdf Source: Business Spectator – www.businessspectator.

Project Updates Projects with completed EIS

Projects Pending/Proposed

GPNL – Gladstone Pacific Nickel Limited – HPAL laterite Nickel processing plant • Construction expected to take 2-3 years. Workforce of 1000-2300 in construction and 530 operational. • Current Status: QLD Government approved EIS for construction and operation of stages 1 and 2 of the project.

QER – Queensland Energy Resources Limited – Kerogan oil technology development facility. • Demonstration plant is currently operational, and has been since 2011.

GAWB – Gladstone Area Water Board – Gladstone Fitzroy Pipeline from Fitzroy River to raw water distribution network • Construction workforce peak at 400. Project based on need, dependent upon emergence of a demand or drought trigger. • Current Status: Design approvals in place so solution can be deployed when required. SBR – Surat Basin Rail – Connect Western Railway System with the Moura Railway System near Banana • Construction workforce approx 1000, operational – 44 drivers plus support and maintenance work. • Current Status: Waiting on FID


Boulder Steel Ltd. – Gladstone Steel Plant Project • Construction due to start late 2014. Construction workforce between 1500 and 2000. Arrow LNG Plant (Shell Australia and Petro China) – Curtis Island • FID due by the end of 2013. First export targeted for 2017. Expected construction workforce of 3715 and 200-300 operations. LNG Limited – Fishermans Landing • Early works currently suspended whilst sourcing alternative gas supply. Yarwun Coal Terminal • Commissioning of stage 1 planned for the first quarter of 2017 with expected completion in 2018. Construction workforce of 600 and operations workforce 200.

GEA Members 360 Group AB Marine Services Pty Ltd Abi Group Contractors pty Ltd ACIRL Quality Testing Services Pty Ltd Advanced Personnel Management Aestec Services Aggreko Generator Rentals Pty Ltd ALE ECR Heavylift Pty Ltd Almak Plant Hire Alpha Concepts Pty Ltd ALS Environmental Andro Charters Anembo Consultants Pty Ltd Australian Civil Haulage Pty Ltd Australian Container Units Bamser BBS Communications Group Belltech Services Berg Engineering BGC Contracting Pty Ltd Bill Robertson Toyota BMD Constructions Pty Ltd BOC Ltd BUEL CA Ramsay Cardno Queensland Pty Ltd Cement Australia Central Fluid Power Chelgrave Contracting Australia Pty Ltd Cherson Training Chiyoda Oceania Pty Ltd Civil Mining & Construction Clough Amec Corporate Protection Australia Covey Associates pty Ltd CQ Chiropractic Centre CQ Digital Solutions CQ Executive Properties CQ First Aid and Safety Training Custom Fluidpower Cutting Force D.S.D.I.P Dittman & Associates Donald Cant Watts Corke Down to Earth Results Pty Ltd Downing Teal Pty Ltd Energy Power Systems T/A CAT Rental

Current Financial Members as at Thursday, July 11th 2013

Power Energy Skills Queensland Engineering Testing Services P/L Engineers Queensland Environmine Data Services ESA Fire Flexihire Fodico Marine Group Force Access Pty Ltd Forge Group Construction Ltd Fredriksen Maclean & Associates GAGAL Gibson Building Gibson Design & Drafting Pty Ltd Gladstone Airport Industrial Park Gladstone Area Promotion & Development Ltd Gladstone Drafting Gladstone Learning Services Gladstone Machining & Fabrication GLNG GTC Financial Hanlon Painters Harvey Road Tavern Hatch Heavy Equipment Maintenance Herron Todd White I & C Instrumentational & Electrical Inglis Survey and Mapping Ireland & Co International Workforce ITT Blakers KP Migration Services KTEQ Rentals Lanyonscapes Laogard Pty Ltd Lee Crane Hire Pty Ltd Lend Lease Lenz Moreton Engineering & Construction Lawyers LJS Express Test & Tag Macdonald & Michel Lawyers P/L Manpower Services Pty Ltd McCosker Contracting Pty Ltd McCullough Robertson McNee North Surveys MEGT Australian Apprenticeships Centre

Mipec Pty Ltd MPA Surveying National Safety Council of Australia New Print HRG Onsite Rental Group People Resourcing Photography by Murray Ware Prime Rentals Projects Unlimited PROJEM Pty Ltd Purcell’s LineBoring & Engineering P/L QER Pty Ltd QGC QH2O Quest Serviced Apartments Rayment Excavations RCR Resources Riverside Marine Rob Benn Holdings RPG Australia RPS Group SBH Consultancy Score Brisbane Shift Miner Magazine Sinclair Xray Inspection Services. Pty Ltd Sika Slade Industries Pty Ltd Smit Marine Australia Solutions for Human Resources Specialist Equipment Services Stonestreet Coaches Pty Ltd Technical Services Australia Think Office Technology Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise TJS Cleaning Services QLD Toowoomba Chamber of Commerce & Industry Total Drafting Service Tristar Australia Pty Ltd Veolia Environmental Services Watpac Civil & Mining WideBay TAFE Wise Supplies Xport Plumbing Yokogawa Australia Pty Ltd

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