December 4, 2012
AUSTIN, TEXAS, December 4, 2012—In September 2012 more than 90 CEOs and senior level executives from major international contractors and organizations gathered in Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia, to discuss a collaborative approach towards safety on a major gas project.
The world-class, US$34 billion Ichthys LNG Project, which will develop the gas and condensate field discovered by INPEX in the Browse Basin, approximately 220 kilometres off the northwest coast of Western Australia, is a joint venture between the INPEX group of companies (the Operator), major partner TOTAL group of companies and the Australian subsidiaries of Tokyo Gas, Osaka Gas, Chubu Electric Power and Toho Gas. The Ichthys Field contains resource estimates of more than 12 trillion cubic feet of gas. This is around 13 times the amount of gas Australia uses each year. The field also contains the largest discovery of hydrocarbon liquid in Australia in 40 years, estimated at approximately 500 million barrels of condensate. JKC LNG Australia Pty Ltd (JKC) has been contracted to undertake the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) for the Ichthys Project onshore LNG facilities.
Hosted by JKC, the CEO forum was attended by INPEX, Leighton Contractors, John Holland, Bam Clough, MacMahon, Kentz, Kawasaki Heavy Industries COOEC and CUEL. JMJ Associates supported JKC in the preparation and delivery of the two-day event.
The event provided the project leaders with a chance to come together as critical partners to discuss the role of the CEO as the “Safety Culture Leader” and the challenges and opportunities to generate breakthroughs in leading High Performance Safety. The forum also focused on ways to empower workers, celebrate successes with the entire workforce and create the sorts of conversations that build powerful relationships to affect major changes.
Forum attendees were welcomed by local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and taken on a tour of the project. A full day workshop was conducted to explore individual relationships to safety, during which a session run by the Spinal Injury Association of Australia was a challenging highlight. In this session, two young men in wheelchairs shared their personal stories. The workshop also included a JMJ presentation of “culture of safety” themes drawn from over 3,500 Integral Safety Assessments completed in West Australia in 2012.