Approximately 20 people came along to the Community Information Exchange Session held Wednesday, 23 June, at the Shire of Irwin Recreational Centre.
Mitsui E&P Australia (MEPAU) and Clough, the lead facilities construction contractor for Waitsia Stage 2, jointly hosted the session. The session was held to provide another activities update in the lead-up to bulk earthworks beginning at the site in July.
The session was another informal “drop-in for a cuppa and a chat” event as this approach encourages conversation about topics of interest to individuals and provides an opportunity for participants to provide feedback. The session was held over the day and after business hours to meet a range of stakeholders’ availability.
Attendees were mainly local residents interested in the Waitsia Stage 2 project as well as current production operator roles. Other attendees included representatives of the Shire of Irwin and other local industries.
Since the last information session was held in March, we’ve been getting ready for the Waitsia Stage 2 site handover to Clough. Clough recently announced it has engaged a local indigenous company, Garla Barna, to undertake the bulk earthworks required for the Temporary Construction Village and the Waitsia Gas Plant.
MEPAU and Clough are engaging local service providers wherever practical. Clough has created a register exclusively for locals to record their interest in contracting opportunities. To learn more, contact Clough.
In addition to the Waitsia Stage 2 project, the Decommissioning and Rehabilitation project is ongoing. Well sites and facilities that are no longer being used, within MEPAU’s overall permit area, are being decommissioned and rehabilitated so they can be returned to the landowner for ongoing use.
The Community Information Exchange Session was promoted through the Dongara Rag newsletter, the Mid West Chamber of Commerce and Industry newsletter, and emails to MEPAU Mid West website subscribers and community investment partners.
Thanks again to those of you who came along!