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Western Australian delegation explores business opportunities in Aberdeen

29/07/14

The Granite City's profile as an international centre of excellence in the energy industry was under the spotlight today when a parliamentary delegation from Western Australia visited the city.

The delegation, members of the Economics and Industry Standing Committee – a committee of the Legislative Assembly of the Western Australian Parliament – is investigating the economic impact of floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) and opportunities which may arise off Australian coast.

Members of the Legislative Assembly chairman Ian Blayney, Shane Love and Jan Norberger, and principal research officer Dr Loraine Abernethie came to the Granite City to meet with industry and council representatives. They were welcomed to the city by Lord Provost of Aberdeen George Adam and Council Leader Jenny Laing.

The Lord Provost said: "I am very pleased to welcome the committee to Aberdeen. We have close links with Perth in Western Australia, as fellow members of the World Energy Cities Partnership, and we have an excellent working relationship with the Western Australian Government Office in London.

"Today's visit further strengthens that relationship and presents opportunities for new business links between Aberdeen companies and Western Australia."

The committee specifically sought a meeting with Aberdeen City Council's Economic Development team to discuss business development and opportunities, as well as to explore how the council promotes the city's profile as an energy centre of excellence in research and development, manufacturing, and service support.

Councillor Laing said: "The strong links between the UK and Western Australia have, unsurprisingly, led to a lot of collaboration between companies in our respective energy provinces. These links now cross industry, academia and government sectors, enabling us to share experiences and address common challenges including infrastructure development and housing provision.

"Western Australia presents significant business opportunities for companies in the Aberdeen city region. Our Business Growth team has organised several industry seminars on business opportunities in Australia, with a particular focus on Western Australia to help firms identify opportunities for them."

The delegation, which is also undertaking an inquiry into safety-related matters linked to projects in Australian waters, will also visit Amsterdam, Stavanger and Bergen.