Sustainability 2013 report
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Maximising Benefits for Local Communities n order to contribute to the economic development of Australia in general, and the Northern Territory in particular, the Ichthys LNG Project has agreed to an industry participation plan (IPP) to support Australian companies and maximise their participation in Project related activities. Companies owned by Aboriginal people and companies based in the Northern Territory and wider Australia will have full, fair and reasonable opportunity to compete for work on the Project. Local participation will be maximised where competitively possible, based on health, safety and environment, schedule, quality and cost factors. It is estimated that approximately 34 per cent of the value of contracts awarded during 2012 will go to Australian business and be realised during the Project phase. This includes 127 Northern Territory-based companies who were successful in winning more than A$1 billion of work from major first tier subcontractors. Additionally, an Aboriginal Business Engagement Strategy is currently being implemented which is aimed at identifying and including Aboriginal businesses directly into the Projects supply chain. It incorporates supplier forums and business capability and capacity surveys and meets the terms of the Industry Participa tion Plan with the Northern Territory Government. The Ichthys Project has helped develop our business, people and systems to another level. (Greg McLaughlin, Managing Director of Mobile Electrics (NT) Pty Ltd) Significant contributions to social projects and activi ties have been made, focusing on education, environ mental protection and Aboriginal communities. In 2012, a donation of A$3 million was made to contrib ute to the establishment of the North Australian Centre for Oil and Gas at Charles Darwin University. In 2010, the Ichthys LNG Project donated A$3 million for the construction of the Larrakia Trade Training Centre (Centre). The Centre is now open and to date, more than 450 people have been trained in various fields such as construction, mechanics or electrical engineering. An independent panel, the Ichthys Project Dredging Expert Panel (IPDEP), was established to provide advice on the different steps of the dredging program. Accord ing to the chairman of the panel, Barry Carbon, the Ichthys LNG Project is as prepared as it could be at this stage of a project. In consultation with the Northern Territory Govern ment, the Ichthys LNG Project is also implementing an environmental offset program encompassing various elements such as a survey of coastal dolphins, the publi cation of the results of environmental studies commis sioned by the Ichthys LNG Project in the Kimberley region of Western Australia, and research projects on the fluid mud layer and microorganisms in Darwin Harbour. In addition, INPEX actively participates in the biodiver sity working group organised by the International Petro leum Industry Environmental Conservation Association (IPIECA) and the International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (OGP). The design of the Ichthys LNG Project includes many improvements to increase energy efficiency and minimise greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. For example, the facilities are designed to recycle excess gas and thereby avoid continuous flaring. At the offshore field location, the facilities are connected by a novel high voltage power sharing cable, enabling more efficient power generation and fewer emissions. I Ichthys LNG Project Part2 We are investigating options to GHG offset emissions from the Ichthys LNG Project. In 2008, we commenced an assessment project on biological sequestration of CO2 by planting 1.4 million eucalyptus trees. As part of a GHG offset agreement with the Northern Territory Government, we have commit ted to spending A$37 mil l ion on a savannah fire management program in the Northern Territory. The aim of this program is to control wild forest fires systematically using the traditional prescribed burning methods applied by the Aboriginal people. This results in a net reduction of GHG emissions and supports development, training and employment in local Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory. V o i c e (Reinoud Blok, General Manager, GHG, INPEX) 17 IN PEX C O RPO RA TIO N SU STA IN A BILITY REPO RT 2013