Local content 05 Mar 2024

Local business spotlight: ATOM

The Scarborough Energy Project located in the North West of Australia is set to provide a significant boost to the local Karratha community.


The Scarborough Energy Project will provide a boost to the WA economy and communities, growing jobs and bringing work through the supply chain, with a focus on the Pilbara region.  

A second processing train, Pluto Train 2 is being constructed within the existing Pluto LNG facility located near Karratha in the Pilbara Region of Western Australia and is currently set to process about five million tonnes per annum of Scarborough gas. The project is providing various opportunities for local businesses in Karratha. To date, with collaboration from Woodside’s construction partner Bechtel, the Scarborough Energy Project has injected more than $90 million locally and contracted close to 70 Karratha businesses. 

We’re spotlighting local, family-owned business: ATOM. The company name stands for Aqua Terra Oil & Mineral. Recently contracted to supply industrial consumables, safety supplies and personal protective equipment products for the Pluto Train 2 construction. 

ATOM believes locals serve locals best which is why their 22 employees supporting the project are all local to Karratha. Nearly half of the team are female and there is one Indigenous employee.   

The contract has supported ATOM to expand its workforce increasing local employment opportunities. 

Terry Klowss, Bechtel’s Site Manager for Pluto Train 2 said, “ATOM’s 100% local workforce helps us ensure our partnerships are benefiting local people – this is something that is very important to us at Bechtel.” 

Long-term, it’s estimated Pluto Train 2 will sustain around 600 roles, once the project is operational, across Western Australia, including 70 residential positions in Karratha.  

Like Woodside, ATOM is a nationwide company, with roots in Western Australia. ATOM opened its Karratha branch in 1980, where during the same decade, we commissioned the North West Shelf Project. 

ATOM also shares Woodside’s commitment to invest where we operate, building meaningful relationships and supporting our local community. 

Phil Donders, National Team Leader ATOM said, "At ATOM, we believe in investing in the success and sustainability of the communities we operate within. This is why ATOM welcomed the opportunity to support the Pluto Train 2 Project through the supply of industrial consumables and PPE." 

With access to more than one million products, ATOM is one of Australia's fastest growing industrial and safety supply businesses.  

You can find out more about ATOM and explore employment opportunities here.  

Information on contracting opportunities with Bechtel or the Scarborough Energy Project are available here.