MORE than 250 Surat Basin businesses have learnt about current and long-term opportunities to work with QGC at the company's annual local contractor forum in Chinchilla.
Tradespeople, suppliers and other businesses from across the region talked about work with QGC and its principal contractors at the event, which was supported by Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise.
Speakers included representatives of Industry Capability Network Queensland, the not-for-profit advocate for local industry, and Australian Export Finance and Insurance Corporation.
More than 20 similar events have been held by QGC for local businesses across the Queensland Curtis LNG Project area during the past three years.
QGC's upstream operations manager Richard Schokman said QGC would award contracts to support long-term operations and maintenance during the next two years.
"QGC is delivering significant benefits to local communities, with nearly A$400 million already spent in the Western Downs region between Toowoomba and Roma," Mr Schokman told the forum.
"We will be a partner of local businesses in the long-term so this is just the start.
"Last week, QGC awarded a contract to Transfield Services worth more than A$200 million over five years for regular maintenance on gas field and pipeline facilities.
"Transfield Services will open an operational base in Chinchilla and they are committed to employing local people and using local suppliers of goods and services where possible."
QGC's major tender documents and contracts include clauses requiring it to give Australian suppliers full, fair and reasonable opportunity to participate in QCLNG.
More than 47,000 registrations of interest have been received from Australian businesses seeking to supply to the project.
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