BIG GAS: Wild Desert's David Whiley, Senex CEO Ian Davies and Maranoa Mayor Tyson Golder are satisfied to know the majority of the money used as part of a new gas project will flow through the local economy.
BIG GAS: Wild Desert's David Whiley, Senex CEO Ian Davies and Maranoa Mayor Tyson Golder are satisfied to know the majority of the money used as part of a new gas project will flow through the local economy. Tom Gillespie

New gas well contract to inject $3.2m into Roma

MORE than $3 million will flow through the Roma economy over the next nine months thanks to a gas well rehabiliation project from new CSG players Senex.

The company, which is beginning the first phase of its massive $35 million Western Surat Gas Project, awarded Roma-based company Wild Desert with a contract for a 'plug and abandonment campaign at 42 existing well sites.

More than 80% of the contract, which is worth $4 million and will create 40 new jobs, will flow through the local economy, much to the delight of Senex CEO Ian Davies.

"We've got a great relationship with Wild Desert - we do a lot of work with them in the Cooper Basin, and when it comes to having trust in the supplier in what's a really important program, which is rehabilitating wells, we have no hesitations in providing the work to Wild Desert," he said at the announcement on Friday.

"I was pleasantly surprised at the level of flow-through to the local community. I know with Wild Desert, it does go local.

"I think 'pleasantly surprised' is the best way to describe it."

Wild Desert CEO David Whiley described the contract as a 'massive relief', saying it will secure a quarter of his workforce.

"To be honest, it's a massive relief - we get to secure another rig and keep 30-40 people employed," he said.

"It's a massive relief and as you can see there's a lot flowing back to the community.

"If you have a look at Roma alone, we'll be using 30-40 of our local suppliers for the contract."

Mr Davies said there would be further opportunities for Maranoa contractors as part of the campaign.

"For where there are services that can be done by locals, we've got quite a robust local content policy and in that policy there's actually a premium score through the evaluation process provided to local contractors, so it gives everyone a fair chance to compete," he said.



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