Job cuts part of construction wind-down on Bechtel’s projects

While some workers on Curtis Island will lose their jobs this week as the project’s move from construction to commissioning, Bechtel says it is still actively recruiting for specialist roles.

The three $70 billion LNG plants being constructed on Curtis Island are on track and gaining momentum, moving quickly out of the civil phase.

For some workers on the QCLNG project, the most advanced of the three facilities, this means their work on the island has come to an end.

However Bechtel said where positions are available, skilled and experienced workers are being offered re-deployment opportunities, Gladstone Observer reported.

Bechtel Gladstone general manager Kevin Berg also said the new phase in projects would mean job opportunities for other workers.

"We expect to maintain our peak workforce of about 11,000 employees through to the second half of the year," Berg said.

He said Bechtel was still actively recruiting people with three to five years industry experience as special-class welders, instrumentation, riggers, pipe fitters and electricians.

"The three projects continue to move into new phases of construction which require a new range of specialist workers.

"We have moved out of the civil phase and into the structural, mechanical and commissioning phases.

"Demobilisation is a common and ongoing process in construction as we move through these phases."

Gas reached the QCLNG project for the first time in December.

The BG Group-led project is on track to deliver first commercial LNG in the second half of 2014.

The Australia Pacific LNG and the Santos-led GLNG both being constructed on the island are set to be completed in 2015.

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