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Help wanted: Arrow calls for companies to help build $2b gas project

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Arrow Energy has gone to the market to start the search for companies to help develop its $2 billion first stage of the Surat Gas project, writes John McCarthy

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Arrow Energy has announced it is accepting expressions of interest for services to support operations and project activities in the Bowen and Surat basins.

Arrow has approved the first phase of the $10 billion Surat Gas Project in southern Queensland, with construction set to begin this year. The first phase will include drilling more than 600 wells to bring about 300 terajoules a day of gas to market.
Arrow is currently compiling the full list of contracting and supply requirements and would appoint contracting companies to deliver discrete parcels of work. These contractors would do their own recruitment.

A spokesman said peak construction and opportunity is expected from 2021-2025. The first phase will see around 200 construction roles, predominately in drilling, civil constructions, logistics, telecommunication infrastructure, facility construction and upgrade, operations and maintenance activities.  Down the track, there would be about 200 operations jobs.

“We expect some of the workforce will be fly-in, fly-out or drive-in, drive-out, however to ensure local participation is maximised, we require all major contractors to develop a local content plan when responding to any Arrow-issued invitation to tender and/or request for proposal,” the spokesman said.

Winning contractors are contractually obliged to submit a final, Arrow-approved local content plan. Performance against their local content plan will be monitored, evaluated and used in the assessment of contract performance.

“There are more than 600 wells in the first phase. They’ll be drilled from 2020 through an expansion north and south from Arrow’s current operational areas at Daandine and down to Tipton,” the spokesman said.

“The first phase will also include new connections into two Shell-QGC operated compression facilities (David and Harry) as well as connections and infrastructure to support the treatment of water for a beneficial use network.”

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