150 new hires for Bechtel as LNG projects fire up

Mining contract engineering company Bechtel is hiring between100 and150 new workers each week to build its gas plants on Curtis Island off Gladstone in Queensland.

Currently Bechtel already employs about 8300 people, a number they’re looking to increase to 8800 workers the Gladstone Observer today reported.

Of the new workers at least half have been sourced locally in the Gladstone region Bechtel Gladstone operations general manager Kevin Berg told the Queensland Government's Major Projects Conference on Thursday.

He added that when supply is exhausted, Bechtel would recruit across Queensland "in concentric circles" meaning that 88 per cent of Bechtel workers were Queenslanders and only a small fraction of employees were hired from interstate.

Currently Bechtel is running three major projects, including Australian Pacific LNG, Gladstone LNG and Queensland Curtis LNG.

QCLNG is expected to be completed in 2014, while the other two should be up and running from 2015.