Work flows to water supplier in the resources sector
The resources sector is providing many opportunities for Australian companies, many of which are outside the scope of actual resource extraction.
 
The US$34 billion Ichthys project (the project) is a primary example of a major project that is providing many opportunities for Australian companies all across the country. The project is being developed by a Joint Venture between INPEX group companies (the Operator), major partner TOTAL group companies and the Australian subsidiaries of Tokyo Gas, Osaka Gas, Chubu Electric Power and Toho Gas.
 
Osmoflo, an Australian owned desalination and water recycling company is one such company that is now providing services to the project, through the assistance of ICN.
 
ICN knew Osmoflo well and introduced them to the project for this work package along with a number of other Australian companies.
 
Osmoflo was nominated through ICN’s vendor identification process for a work package to supply two water desalination plants (the plants), which will supply potable and process water for the project’s offshore facilities.
 
Osmoflo went on to secure these contracts worth $15 million.
 
‘These were highly contestable packages and so they were great wins for Osmoflo’, said Marin Slunjski, National Manager Water Services, Osmoflo. ‘ICN has brought opportunities with the Ichthys project to our attention, and opened the door for us to access this work.’
 
The plants will be installed on two offshore facilities currently being built in South Korea. The plants are being constructed at Osmoflo’s headquarters in South Australia and will be installed and commissioned before the facilities leave the fabrication yards.
 
The project has committed to full, fair and reasonable opportunity for Australian industry to take part and has entered into a comprehensive Industry Participation Plan with the Australian and Northern Territory governments.
 
‘The Ichthys project is expected to run for at least 40 years so we have to have an efficient, transparent way of informing potential suppliers of its requirements’, says Kevin Peters, CEO ICN Northern Territory. ‘And through our on-the-ground consultants and ICN Gateway, that’s what we’re delivering.’
 
To support ICN, the Australian Government has provided funding through its Supplier Access to Major Projects (SAMP) program which enables ICN to allocate sufficient resources to engage appropriately and service the Australian Industry Participation requirements for the project.
 
Last year Osmoflo was awarded its first contract on the project to supply a membrane based demineralisation plant. The plant will provide 1,565kL/d of high purity water to a power station that will deliver electricity to the onshore processing facilities at Blaydin Point.
 
The resources supply chain crosses a multitude of sectors and represents an opportunity for many SMEs across Australia – yours could be one of them.
 
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