Toowoomba company wins $90m coal seam gas contract

TOOWOOMBA'S Easternwell has been awarded a $90 million contract by QGC to build and operate specialist rigs.

Under a $50 million contract, Easternwell will construct two servicing rigs.

These rigs, which are smaller, quieter, and more mobile than those used for drilling, will be used for maintenance of QGC well sites in the Surat Basin.

They will be built at Easternwell's Toowoomba factory.

QGC and Easternwell have signed a separate A$40 million contract for construction of a drilling rig for exploration.

The rig incorporates the latest technology including automation, meaning it is safer for workers than older models.
All the rigs are expected to be operating from the second half of 2014.

The contracts support the jobs of 56 skilled workers who will crew the rigs and the 24 mechanics, engineers, welders and design staff at the factory.

QGC operations director Walter Simpson said innovation was essential to minimising impact and improving safety.

"We strive to operate with respect for people, the environment and property," Mr Simpson said.

"That means adopting best practices and innovating to limit impacts and maximise benefits for all the people associated with our business.

"As with all of our major contractors, Easternwell is committed to using local suppliers of goods and services and to employing and training local people where possible."

QGC has been working with Easternwell since 2010.



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