BG Group subsidiary QGC said that it was currently employing 14 500 people. The company revealed that more than 15 people per day were being hired as work on the Queensland Curtis LNG (QCLNG) project, a world-first venture to turn coal-seam-gas into liquefied natural gas (LNG), intensifies.
In the company’s latest six-monthly report to Queensland’s Coordinator-General on Australian industry participation, QGC said investment in construction, exploration and operations since January 2010 had passed A$ 19.4 billion. This included all investment by BG Group in both QGC and the Queensland Curtis LNG Project.
QGC said about A$ 16.3 billion – or 84% of the total A$ 19.4 billion – had been invested with Australian firms since 1 January 2010. Queensland firms had received 68%, or A$ 13.2 billion of the total. The report covers 1 April to 30 September 2013.
QGC Managing Director Derek Fisher said that since 2010, more than 118 800 Australian businesses had declared an interest in business relations with QGC. “QGC,” he said, “is delivering significant economic and social benefits across Queensland from the Surat Basin to Gladstone. For more than a year now QGC and our contractors have hired 15 people a day – or a total of 5 600 jobs. A snapshot of current contracts shows we are investing nearly A$ 920 million in Gladstone and about A$ 915 million in the Western Downs region.”
The number of training courses for staff and contractors had increased to 36 100, with a focus on safety skills. Mr Fisher continued: “Training people to work safely and efficiently is a priority as we ramp up construction ready for first LNG in 2014. Work to prepare our teams who will maintain and operate QCLNG is already underway.”
The report also showed 259 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders were working with QGC and its major contractors and 315 graduates, trainees, cadets and apprentices were employed.
Adapted from press release by Ted Monroe
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