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Hellish working conditions on board world’s biggest offshore gas site, Prelude

Hellish working conditions on board the world’s biggest offshore gas site, Prelude

The Sydney Morning Herald

‘Forensic, fair and fascinating’: WAtoday wins at media awards

By Daile Cross

Using information gathered through his unrivalled industry contact list, WAtoday business journalist Peter Milne exposed the hellish working conditions on board the world’s biggest offshore gas site, Prelude.

On Saturday night his exclusive reporting saw him win best Business, Economics or Finance report at the annual WA Media Awards, the state’s pre-eminent journalism awards.

Milne exposed the problems plaguing the world’s largest vessel, Shell’s Prelude, moored 475 kilometres from Broome off WA’s north-west coast; this story just one example of the vital reporting he has contributed since joining the WAtoday team just over a year ago.

His series on the Prelude took readers aboard the ship as it was plunged into chaos by cascading failures of power systems.

The judges said Milne revealed with incredible detail and witness accounts the widespread safety risks faced by the more than 200 workers on Prelude and then backed up his reporting by revealing the content of a confidential investigation.

“Milne’s reporting, based on extensive research, a wide network of industry contacts and an excellent understanding of context, makes him a worthy winner of the Business Award,” they said.

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