LNG jobs increase dramatically, but not in Gladstone

QUEENSLAND'S booming LNG industry will employ twice as many people as previously expected - but just a tiny slice of that will be in Gladstone.

New research from Energy Skills Queensland shows the industry expects to employ 14,900 workers by 2024, or double earlier assessments.

But just 10% of those jobs will be in Gladstone, according to the report.

ESQ's CSG to LNG Workforce Plan shows the state's gas developments will deliver major economic benefits for regions of Mackay, Fitzroy, Wide Bay, Western Downs, Darling Downs and Maranoa.

While the LNG construction phase is currently providing more than 10,500 jobs with Bechtel alone, that employment peak is expected to end next year.

The industry's biggest players - Arrow Energy, Conoco Phillips, Origin Energy, Santos and QGC - supplied the jobs data to ESQ.

Each are either building or seeking approval to develop sprawling gas fields in the Bowen and Surat basins and processing factories off Gladstone.

ESQ reports that drillers, geologists, engineers, electrical fitters and health and safety officers will be among the most in demand.

ESQ chief executive Glenn Porter said the report meant there was a clearer idea of the demand on contractors.

The report estimates that of the 14,900, about 85% of those will be needed in the Surat Basin, with 10% needed in Gladstone and 5% in Brisbane.

ESQ chief executive officer Glenn Porter said contract roles, rather than ongoing positions, boosted job forecasts.

"There is now a greater understanding of the required contracting workforce and updated project figures, meaning the peak workforce numbers have more than doubled from original estimates," Mr Porter said.

"Through this unique collaboration we have developed a shared understanding of the industry's combined future workforce needs and compared this to Queensland labour market data to identify skills gaps."

ESQ has identified more than 20 critical skills and occupations which include: drillers, geologists, telecommunications technicians, instrumentation and control systems technicians, electrical fitters, engineers, technical trainers and health & safety officers.

The Upstream (CSG field facilities) workforce will require the largest numbers of personnel across the development, maintenance and shutdown phases of gas wells.

FAST FACTS:

  • LNG production expected to employ 14,900 people across Queensland
  • Just 10% of those jobs will be in Gladstone
  • About 35% of workers are expected to be employed directly by gas companies, with 65% contracted through supply chain contractors


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