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The Siem Thiima is a boat – a ship really. It weighs some 5500 tonnes empty, is 90 m long and 19 m wide and it is now based at Dampier. Its name, “Thiima”, means “ship” in our local Ngarluma language and it has been commissioned by Woodside and the North West Shelf Venture as a platform supply vessel. It takes food and supplies out to the North Rankine Platforms, Goodwyn, Angel and Okha.

The Siem Thiima is a beautiful, new ship but what is special about it is that it runs primarily on liquefied natural gas – LNG.

Woodside is developing a new market – the sale of LNG for transport - and is converting all of its vessels to this new, clean fuel. Ships, trains, trucks – most things can run on LNG, but currently most of them use diesel or heavier hydrocarbon fuels. So Woodside can see both an environmental advantage and an opportunity for its business.

Diesel and heavier fuels have significant disadvantages. They have a high sulphur content and are generally polluting, discharging particulates, toxic gases, CO2 and odour on combustion.

Secondly diesel is imported from overseas. We are an energy-rich nation, yet we import fuel, which has a negative effect on our balance of payments and is a significant security risk if we are ever at war.

Thirdly miners and pastoralists who do not use diesel on public roads have a tax exemption so there is no government revenue from use of this fuel. Yet we use more of it in the Pilbara than the whole State of Victoria!

LNG burns very cleanly so there are no dirty particulates, negligible amounts of sulphur and mercury and produces 40% less greenhouse gas emissions than diesel.

Let's hope we can convert the Pilbara to the use of gas!
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The Yaburara Heritage Trail is looking great after all the rain we have had. A huge diversity of species and good to see the Triodia (Spinifex) coming back. But weeds are getting in too now, so always good to take the plastic bag along and pull a few Kapok out!
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Laurinda TimminsGood on you Peter! I might be able to organise a weeding day through the Karratha Enviro Group.

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Joanne Hartley PritchardYes happy to help out when I get to KTown

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100 people turned up to celebrate a milestone for Brida - its long term contract with Rio Tinto out of the new Dampier Depot. The Brida and NBAC Boards were present along with representatives from Rio Tinto, Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation and the City of Karratha. Brida now has 100, mainly Aboriginal people employed - a fantastic result. Thanks to hard working CEO Susan Shirtliff, Chair David Walker, to the many others involved in getting to this point - and of course, Rio Tinto.
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Dion FraserPeta Readhead

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Michelle Brett HopkirkSodexo?

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Natalie FosterWhat a company that went bust not so long ago and never paid out their creditors!!! 😠

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April Ann BleaseNot entirely true Natalie Foster. May need to get a few facts first mate!!!

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Tim FosterThe fact is they still owe us $8000 and that is Entirely true Mate

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Yesterday the Pilbara Regiment and our local RSL had an ANZAC Day memorial service for the local Lockyer brothers and all other indigenous servicemen who signed up in defence of their country in past wars. Held as usual at Whim Creek, commanding officer Lt Col Stuart Purves, Elaine Clifton - daughter of Elliot Lockyer and the Mayors of Karratha and Port Hedland all spoke. The country is looking beautiful after all the rain and it was good to catch up after with the NYFL crew at the Whim Creek Pub.
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Lots of family fun was being had at the opening of the new Balyarra and Rothschild Parks in Baynton this morning. A beautiful development by Landcorp for the City of Karratha, it features WA's first pump BMX track, a mini AFL oval, rope challenge, water pumps and lots of shaded play space. The rope challenge is made from timbers out of Lang Hancock's original Dampier Jetty and the huge mahogany play log was saved from being mulched. A boab tree and poincianas were saved from local gardens and the parks are irrigated using Class A recycled water from Karratha's city-wide recycling scheme. And public art was done by our local indigenous artists! Thank you Landcorp for this terrific addition to our community.
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Jeanette DohertyLooks amazing - a perfect outdoor place

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Are you ready for explore the magical park? Magic Park will be released on March 5th (5pm - 8pm)

Come and enjoy the fairies, dinosaurs and kittens. 🐱🙌😊
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💻 Karratha Library are holding a FREE CoderDojo
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Yesterday in Dampier Brida celebrated its new contract with RioTinto. Well done to Susan, David and the team. #Rio https://t.co/3SlpZsfPgb