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Skilled workers and apprentices sought for LNG projects

Skilled workers and apprentices sought for LNG projects

LNG gas projects in Queensland are creating employment opportunities.

Three major liquefied natural gas projects (LNG) earmarked for Queensland are set to create thousands of jobs across the state, including hundreds of apprenticeship opportunities.

Bechtel – the global construction company in charge of building LNG plants for the Australia Pacific LNG (APLNG), Santos GLNG and Queensland Curtis LNG (QCLNG) projects – is seeking experienced and skilled workers to fill some 9,000 positions.

The major developments are also creating opportunities for about 400 apprenticeships in Queensland through the federal government’s National Apprenticeships Program.

Joel Herbert, recruitment supervisor at Bechtel, said finding the right workers is instrumental in building the “world-class facilities”.

“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,” Mr Herbert told The Chronicle.

“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.”

The APLNG development will generate up to 6,000 jobs throughout its lifetime, while QCLNG will create about 5,000 positions during the construction period, as well an additional 1,000 for permanent staff operations.

The three projects will inject more than $30 billion into the Queensland economy over the next eight years.

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