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Shaping Western Australia’s subsea landscape

Subsea Energy Australia

Subsea Energy Australia stands as a pivotal industry association, representing the robust subsea sector within Western Australia.

Founded over a decade ago, its inception was a response to the State Government’s objective to establish Western Australia as a hub for subsea activities.

This vision was manifested through tangible efforts from the Australian Marine Complex (AMC), a dedicated infrastructure precinct aimed at attracting subsea companies.

John O’Hare, a longstanding member involved with Subsea Energy Australia since its inception, highlighted the critical role the association plays.

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John O’Hare, a longstanding member involved with Subsea Energy Australia. Image: Subsea Energy Australia

He said that while government support and infrastructure are essential, having a unified voice through an industry association was equally crucial for sustained growth and influence.

Subsea Energy Australia emerged from this need, ensuring that the subsea industry could speak cohesively on policy matters, advocacy, and industry representation.

Over the years, Subsea Energy Australia has evolved into a recognised voice and a driving force behind Western Australia’s prominence in subsea energy.

“We’re incredibly proud of the substantive drive the association has achieved in the last 15 years,” O’Hare said. “It has definitely been recognised as the voice of the industry. It has gone from strength to strength”.

O’Hare attributed much of this success to strong leadership and consistent support from industry stakeholders, particularly small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) who see significant value in membership.

“The association’s role extends beyond local representation; it facilitates dialogue between SMEs and major companies, providing a platform where concerns can be voiced collectively rather than individually,” he said. “This collaborative approach not only fosters industry cohesion but also enhances efficiency and competitiveness.”

Looking ahead, Subsea Energy Australia anticipates playing a pivotal role in the energy transition, expanding its influence beyond traditional oil and gas sectors into emerging areas like offshore wind and decommissioning.

This forward-looking approach aligns with global trends towards sustainable energy solutions, where Australia’s expertise in marine environments and subsea technologies will be instrumental.

O’Hare shared optimism about the future, noting the industry’s resilience and adaptability. He said the importance of continued support from major players and collaborative efforts across industries to navigate challenges and capitalise on opportunities presented by the evolving energy landscape.

“It’s going to expand; it’s going to grow. Subsea Energy Australia will be part of the driving forces. And both of those new energy sectors. It’s got a great future ahead,” he said.

“The industry itself is strong, it’s dynamic, and it’s moving forward. But again, it’s support from the majors that is critical to that as well, because it’s the heart to the overall benefits of the industry. The strong support for the majors is key for an active and strongly supported industry association.”

Subsea Energy Australia stands as a testament to the power of industry collaboration and proactive governance.

Its journey from inception to becoming a respected industry authority underscores the importance of foresight, leadership, and collective action in shaping regional industry landscapes.

“As Western Australia continues to assert itself as a powerhouse in subsea energy, the role of associations like Subsea Energy Australia becomes increasingly vital in steering the sector towards a sustainable and prosperous future,” O’Hare said.

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