New training centre to guarantee jobs in CSG

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Queensland Premier Anna Bligh has announced plans to open a coal seam gas and gas transmissions pipeline training centre to combat skills shortages in the CSG industry.

The centre will operate as a partnership between Santos and Skills Tech Australia, and aims to train up to 90 Queenslanders in the first year for work in the CSG industry.

The course runs for six months and will be a mixture of theory and field training, with graduates qualified to operate and maintain wells, compressor stations, and water facilities.

Graduates will be guaranteed a job with Santos, which will then provide continued training for workers to complete their Process Plant Operations Certificate III through 18 months of practical experience.

Bligh said ten other trainees would also learn skills for work on the Santos GLNG 42-inch gas pipeline.

Santos GLNG president Mark Macfarlane said the training and CSG industry in general was a boost for local Queenslanders.

“I know our project alone will look to employ around 1,000 people on an ongoing basis after the intensive construction phase is completed,” he said.

The coal seam gas industry is still facing intense public scrutiny with claims its expansion could damage farmland, groundwater, and pose unacceptable risks to human health.

Earlier this month a senate inquiry into CSG made damning findings against the industry and recommended some expansions in sensitive areas be suspended.

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