LNG plant creates jobs bonanza

Gladstone will become the LNG hub.
Gladstone will become the LNG hub. Brenda Strong

WHAT do APLNG, GLNG and QCLNG have in common? Bechtel.

The global construction company is building each project's LNG plant on Curtis Island, off Gladstone, and in doing so has positioned itself as a key contributor to Queensland's LNG industry.

Combined, the three plants will potentially produce 20 million tonnes of LNG annually - roughly enough to fill the MCG 28 times.

Taking on that amount of work means taking on plenty of staff.

The three separate projects will require a peak workforce of almost 9000 workers, 400 of whom will be adult apprentices taken on through the National Apprenticeships Program, which targets experienced workers who may have the skills to undertake an apprenticeship but are yet to complete a trade qualification.

To keep the projects moving towards completion, Bechtel needs skilled and experienced workers, and is currently recruiting appropriately skilled candidates.

Bechtel recruitment supervisor Joel Herbert said the search to find candidates with the specific skill sets required to build these projects was in full swing.

"There are a range of skilled trades we are specifically targeting right now: riggers, crane operators, pipe fitters, boiler maker/welders and special class welders," he said.

"We're looking for these people right now and our need for people in these fields will increase significantly through the first half of this year."

Mr Herbert reiterated the importance of relevant industry experience, saying it was crucial given the nature of the work.

When the workforce reaches its peak of about 8800 workers, that doesn't mean recruitment stops - it's a rolling total, and as the projects move into construction phases teams will ramp down and be replaced with different trades.

"We will reach our peak workforce this year, but our search for good, qualified and experienced workers will go on as different trades are required to perform different work," Mr Herbert said.

"We are building world-class facilities and we need world-class people to help construct them."

He said other trades that would be ramping up later this year included electrical and instrumentation trades people, sheet metal workers and laggers and insulators. "Put simply, if you know construction, we want to know you, so register now."

Register interest at gladstoneprojects.com.

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