The government of Western Australia (WA) has unveiled plans to create a liquefied natural gas (LNG) jobs taskforce.
LNG is among the state’s most valuable resources, with sales of £7.1billion in 2016-17.
The taskforce will aim to establish Western Australia as an LNG hub, with collaboration between industry and government to maximise the benefits.
It is estimated the state’s share of Australia’s LNG export capacity by late 2018 will be around 57 per cent, or close to 50 million tonnes.
LNG volumes have increased by 84 per cent in the last five years.
Western Australia’s Premier, Mark McGowan, announced the scheme at the 2018 Australian Oil and Gas Exhibition and Conference.
“WA jobs are my number one priority, and the creation of this jobs taskforce will make sure we build on our existing LNG industry to create more long-term local jobs.
“Australia is set to have the world’s largest LNG export capacity by mid-2018, surpassing Qatar, so now is the time for our State to act and become a global hub.
“As we build on our existing LNG operations, courses could be provided by education and training providers that align with the needs of industry, ensuring young Western Australians get the skills required for future job opportunities.
“Oil and gas projects help drive our economy, generating jobs in the industry and revenue with flow-on effects to the rest of the economy.”