CQU says energy centre in Gladstone would slash costs

GLADSTONE is chomping at the bit to become the home of the state's official energy training centre, with our university capable of housing the educational engineering mecca.

Although the Federal Government sent a $24.9million energy training centre plan to the dustbin last December, the State Government's plans for a similar centre are little more than an idea on paper.

Which is why CQUniversity is putting its hand up as the location of choice.

Gladstone has the physical space required for the educational program and the capability of strong professionals.

CQUniversity claims that using its space would slash the cost by more than half for any government wanting to fund the energy training centre.

It is in talks with Curtis Island LNG proponents to develop a business case.

"We've been working very closely with QGC, Santos and ConocoPhillips about running another training centre at the Marina campus," said CQ University acting Vice-Chancellor Nik Babovic.

Mr Babovic said the Gladstone LNG industry trained some staff at the Gladstone TAFE, but demand was overflowing.

"Currently in the Gladstone region they're having to send a lot of training out of Gladstone, to Western Australia and Darwin," he said.

Mr Babovic said the envisaged training centre would service the growing LNG sector based in Gladstone as well as LNG companies from South East Asia.

Federal MP for Flynn Ken O'Dowd said he continued to be a strong supporter.

"An energy training centre would be an invaluable facility for both research and the training of a skilled oil and gas workforce to meet the ongoing requirements of the LNG industry in Queensland," he said.

"I understand that CQUniversity is making good progress with its engagement with local industry to develop a business case and concept."

The State Government remains tight lipped about what education resources will be in Tuesday's budget.

CQ Uni vision

  • Gladstone campus to be LNG and resource industry training hub for Australia
  • Tap South East Asia LNG training market
  • More than 200 training places in resource industry maintenance, process manufacturing and logistics
  • Training from certificate level to PhD following merger with TAFE on July 1 this year

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