New recruits for the Santos GLNG gas plant handover

Another 25 people have been recruited to the team that will operate and maintain the Santos GLNG plant on Curtis Island.

More than 110 positions were filled in the past 12 months, with new recruits trained to operate the downstream GLNG facilities and take responsibility for the refrigeration and purification of coal seam gas from southern Queensland.

One of their first tasks is to complete an industry-leading training program in liquefied natural gas processing.

A spokesperson for Santos said the new hires are part of a rolling process of recruitment leading to the completion of commissioning of Train 1.

Santos GLNG general manager for downstream operations Brenton Hawtin said the project was increasing its downstream workforce for the transition from construction to operations.

"By the time Santos GLNG starts processing gas through its Curtis Island LNG facility, our team will be able and ready," he said.

"I am confident that these new-starters will help us deliver our first shipments of gas to our buyers, PETRONAS and KOGAS, from 2015."

Members of the Santos GLNG Downstream Operations and Maintenance teams will be embedded in Bechtel's commissioning and start-up team to prepare for the handover.


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