150 redundancies for Bechtel at QCLNG

With the QCLNG plant on Curtis Island successfully entering the production phase, 150 construction staff will be demobilised in the coming weeks as site requirements decrease.

Redundancies were delivered to workers on Friday, while many staff mourned the loss of welding superintendent Graeme Walker.

A spokesperson for Bechtel said the redundancies were a scheduled phase of construction on Train One, which recently provided the first shipment of gas for export from Curtis Island.

“We continually mobilise and demobilize employees as we move through the phases of construction,” he said.

“As we move through commissioning and start-up of each of the six trains being built on Curtis Island, we will see a growing number of people demobilizing.

“We currently have about 14,000 people working across the projects and that number will reduce gradually throughout 2015 and 2016 when all six trains are completed.”

However, the spokesman said as each project reaches final stages Bechtel will continue to recruit specialist trades.

“In fact we are in critical need of electrical instrumentation trades right now, so if you know of anyone looking for job with those skills, we’d love to hear from them,” he said.

Scheduled maintenance on Train One began on Thursday, when flaring activity increased as refrigerant gas was pumped back into storage tanks.

Bechtel said the shutdown is part of scheduled commissioning operations prior to handover to client QGC, while construction activity continues on the second train.

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