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Western Australia – By Mike Deeks, Government of Western Australia’s European Office

Natural gas is increasingly playing a major role in the world’s energy mix, as more countries commit to reducing greenhouse gases and seek alternatives to coal, diesel and other higher emissions fuels. Western Australia is now a world leader in the delivery of natural gas, supplying 65% of Australia’s LNG exports, with Australia recently overtaking Qatar as the world’s largest exporter of LNG. The State Premier, Hon Mark McGowan MLA, led the formation of a joint industrygovernment Taskforce to maximise local jobs and economic benefits from Western Australia’s LNG industry. The LNG Jobs Taskforce comprises the WA Premier and CEO’s from Woodside Energy, Chevron Australia, Shell Australia, Santos and INPEX Australia, as well as representatives from APPEA and UnionsWA. Premier Mark McGowan said: “Through the LNG Jobs Taskforce, the State Government is working in collaboration with industry to maximise local jobs in WA’s LNG industry.” Our State is now ready to take the next step and create new investment opportunities, to bolster our position as a global energy hub

and create new jobs for Western Australians. Western Australia is ideally positioned to develop and sustain a globally competitive energy hub. To achieve this vision Western Australia is leveraging a number of unique advantages that make WA an ideal place to invest: • Western Australia has abundant resources and is home to a large proportion of the world’s conventional gas reserves; • We have a world-class workforce that possesses the skills and capabilities required by the sector and has a long track record in successfully delivering the world’s largest resource projects; • Western Australia is conveniently located in close proximity to the world’s largest gas customers, including Japan, China, India and South Korea. • Perth is a growing centre for scientific and technical innovation in the oil and gas

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sector. Our universities and TAFEs provide world-leading research and training to meet the current and future needs of the LNG and offshore subsea industry; To enhance and support training, research and development, the Western Australian Government has teamed up with the University of Western Australia (UWA) and the LNG industry to develop a world-first microscale LNG plant, as part of an LNG Futures Facility in Kwinana, south of Perth. The State Government is providing $10 million over 10 years and granting suitable land in the Kwinana industrial precinct to support the development of the LNG Futures Facility.

“The LNG Futures Facility will future-proof WA’s LNG industry and shows the world that Western Australia is a global leader in the development of

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