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Local employees enhance skills working on rig build project

Easternwell’s latest rig build project continues to provide benefits to the region with local employees developing new skills during the construction of one of three new rigs as part of a five-year contract to provide 11 well servicing rigs and associated services to Shell’s QGC business Surat Basin operations.

As one of the region’s largest employers, Easternwell and its parent company Broadspectrum have approximately 1,400 people working on contracts within the region with locally employed people working at offices, workshops and warehouses in Toowoomba and Chinchilla and on rigs and camps throughout the Surat Basin.

Easternwell General Manager Kyle Koziol said the company supports the development of its people through a combination of on the job training, learning from others and through formal training via the company’s Registered Training Organisation, which is based in Toowoomba.

“Through our rig build project, we are providing additional learning and development opportunities for our engineers, diesel mechanics, boilermakers, electricians, NDT technicians, fitters, machinists, turners and project management teams.”

“The rig crew, who will ultimately work on the rig when it goes to the field, are also involved in the final rig build process, so they are familiar with the new-and-improved equipment.”

The company will continue to build the other two rigs at their Toowoomba workshop providing further opportunities for employees working on the project.

Easternwell, a subsidiary of global service provider Broadspectrum, plans to increase its local workforce by 20 per cent and local procurement by nine per cent. These goals reflect the desire of Shell’s QGC business and Easternwell to provide more opportunities for the local community and are set out in the contract for this work.

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