JKC confirms Darwin LNG redundancies

JKC Australia LNG has confirmed there will be approximately 145 worker redundancies at the Ichthys project in Darwin.

The redundancies will be from the UGL Kentz joint venture, which provided construction services for the Ichthys project.

JKC, which subcontracted UGL, told Australian Mining there was strong progress made at the project this year.

The company said it reached peak production during the second half of 2016, with more than 8000 workers on site every day, and added that the redundancies were a “natural part” of the construction process.

“JKC Australia LNG has been advised by the UGL-Kentz joint venture, the Mechanical Works – Trains subcontractor, that approximately 145 personnel will be demobilised in December out of a total workforce of more than 2000 people,” JKC Australia LNG project director John Bramley told Australian Mining in an email.

“This is a natural part of every construction project cycle. As a result, reduced workforce requirements occur in some areas, whilst others increase as new works commence.

“The subcontractor has consulted with its employees and their unions about the demobilisations and where possible every effort will be made to redeploy personnel to other parts of the project.

“At the same time, approximately 300 personnel are mobilising to the project this month across several other subcontracts.”

Among the employees made redundant were boiler makers, riggers, and fitters.

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