Bechtel uncovers suspected sabotage on LNG site

AN investigation is underway on Curtis Island after Bechtel uncovered suspected sabotage on one of the LNG construction sites.

Gladstone Police were called to the QCLNG site on Monday when Bechtel found a number of chain block lifting devices (winches) that appeared to have been tampered with.

Bechtel Gladstone general manager Kevin Berg said a further investigation prompted suspicions the equipment had been "intentionally damaged".

"A full inspection of the equipment across the site found further suspected tampering had occurred on the same equipment," Mr Berg said.

Workplace Health and Safety and police inspected the site, following discussions over the weekend.

Detective Senior Sergeant Luke Peachey said a number of devices had been missing nuts.

"Workplace Health and Safety are now conducting an investigation, and I'll wait till I see the findings of that before I decide whether it's a police matter," Det Sen Sgt Peachey said.

He said no-one had been injured, but Mr Berg said it was "extremely distressing" that someone might have deliberately put workmates at risk.

"This act goes against our Bechtel Safety Absolutes and we will take immediate action to remove the person or persons responsible from our projects," Mr Berg said.

"And if this is found to be the result of criminal or intentional actions, Bechtel will strongly support any action the regulators and the Queensland Police Service determine to be appropriate."

"Bechtel is working closely with both organisations to fully investigate these incidents on site."

The suspected sabotage was discovered during routine equipment inspections.

About 3000 workers are currently on the QCLNG project.

The $20 billion project is one of three LNG plants under construction on Curtis Island, and is due to deliver first gas next year.

Topics:  bechtel curtis island gladstone police investigation lng qclng sabotage

He gave his teen lover 'a joint' before bed

MARIJUANA: Dad denies smoking marijuana in front of his kids.

Gladstone man warned over smoking a joint with his teen lover.

He 'appeared' to wet his pants before police arrived

James Bell outside Gladstone Courthouse.

MAN appeared to have urinated himself.

Hanson backlash has major parties working to regain support

HELP US: Pauline Hanson stopped in Gladstone after being invited by business owners struggling with the economic downturn.

Job insecurity is seen to be a driving factor for One Nation Party

Local Partners

Steve Irwin's final days through dad's eyes

Bob Irwin with his son Steve.

'You never expect that’s the last time you’re going to see your son'

Kristie doesn't mind being the third wheel in Survivor final

Kristie Bennett in a scene from Australian Survivor.

SOLO player will take on Survivor's power couple Lee and El tonight.

Scary hoping Posh and Sporty will re-join The Spice Girls

Mel B

Mel B hoping Victoria Beckham, Mel C will re-join The Spice Girls

REVIEW: Michael McIntyre has Brisbane in stitches

Michael McIntyre in a scene from his TV series Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow.

BRITISH comedian is in the country on his Happy and Glorious Tour.

Cliff Richard doesn't need Rod Stewart's help with legal bills

Sir Cliff Richard

"'Don't worry, I'm loaded. I won't keep you to it.' "

Coles to pay new owner of Tannum servo $320K

UP FOR GRABS: Expressions of interest in Tannum's new service station, which will house the new Coles Express, closed this month.

INVESTORS bid for new Tannum service station under construction.

Look at me! Kath and Kim home up for sale

Kath and Kim from the iconic Aussie TV series.

'Crack open the Baileys and grab a box of BBQ Shapes'

How to fit 100,000 new homes on the Coast

Property, real estate, housing, suburb,  August 2016

Fitting 2m extra people in south-east Qld in 25 years a balance

Hinterland horse stud passed in for $8.25 million

UNREAL: This Maleny estate is incredible.

12-bedroom hinterland horse stud still available

Hit songwriter's Noosa mansion on market

SPECIAL PLACE: The Cintamani estate is going to tender, marketed by Tom Offermann Real Estate.

Is this Queensland's best property?

Kiwi siblings snap up Dotcom mansion for $32.5m

The new toy company owners of the Coatesville mansion want replace any controversy with positivity and fun. Photo / Barfoot and Thompson

The trio paid $32.5 million for the property in June