Bechtel hiring 500 workers for Curtis Island LNG

Bechtel is looking for around 500 workers as it urgently looks to fill roles on Curtis Island as work on the three multi-billion dollar LNG plants accelerates.

Bechtel Gladstone general manager Kevin Berg said the sites were still on track to deliver on key deadlines, including QGC’s plan to export first LNG in 2014.

9000 workers are already employed on the island and Berg said the company was looking to hire hundreds of special class welders and was also recruiting heavily for instrument technicians, fitters, electricians and riggers, Courier Mail reported.

"There is some acceleration on bringing in more people than we planned, but it is all within contingency plans," Berg said.

QGC said it had 11,600 people employed across its project and continued to employ 15 people per day.

Managing director Derek Fisher played down concerns that jobs would be scrapped when the first stages of the project are completed.

"When this project is done we will have something in the order of 1000 people in operations," he said.

"While work on Curtis Island will come to an end, we will continue to have people in the field . . . and investment and jobs will continue for the next few years unchanged."

Currently Bechtel is running three major projects worth $70 billion including Australian Pacific LNG, Gladstone LNG and Queensland Curtis LNG.

QCLNG is expected to be completed in 2014, while APLNG and GLNG should be up and running from 2015.

Bechtel revealed that $500 million has been paid in wages in the two years since work began on the plants.


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