Workforce on Curtis Island Set to Exceed 6000 Workers

ByEmma Grant

BECHTEL, one of the world’s largest construction companies has announced that manual workforce on Curtis Island is set to exceed 6000 workers. The multi-national corporation building QGC’s Queensland Curtis LNG facility in Gladstone made at the Coal Seam Gas Conference in Brisbane on Wednesday this week.

The workforce will grow from more than 2500 at present as it moves into the next stage of construction, with the export of LNG expected to commence in 2014 and move into full swing from 2015.

The construction of the projects in Gladstone are “all on budget and schedule and going according to plan and we’re delighted with the progress were making,” said Managing Director for Bechtel Australia, Mr Andy Greig.

“We are recruiting according to plan and we’re recruiting from Gladstone, Queensland and Australia only, so there are no near-term plans to import labour.”

In May this year Bechtel announced the rolling out one of the largest adult apprenticeship programs in the country to meet workforce needs and hiring 400 adult apprentices across the three Gladstone plants.

Bechtel has worked in Australian infrastructure projects ranging from oil refineries and pipelines to mines, power stations, ports and LNG in Australia for 58 years, in Queensland for 49 years and in Gladstone since the late ‘70s.

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