LNG jobs increase dramatically, but not in Gladstone

QUEENSLAND'S booming LNG industry will employ twice as many people as previously expected - but just a tiny slice of that will be in Gladstone.

New research from Energy Skills Queensland shows the industry expects to employ 14,900 workers by 2024, or double earlier assessments.

But just 10% of those jobs will be in Gladstone, according to the report.

ESQ's CSG to LNG Workforce Plan shows the state's gas developments will deliver major economic benefits for regions of Mackay, Fitzroy, Wide Bay, Western Downs, Darling Downs and Maranoa.

While the LNG construction phase is currently providing more than 10,500 jobs with Bechtel alone, that employment peak is expected to end next year.

The industry's biggest players - Arrow Energy, Conoco Phillips, Origin Energy, Santos and QGC - supplied the jobs data to ESQ.

Each are either building or seeking approval to develop sprawling gas fields in the Bowen and Surat basins and processing factories off Gladstone.

ESQ reports that drillers, geologists, engineers, electrical fitters and health and safety officers will be among the most in demand.

ESQ chief executive Glenn Porter said the report meant there was a clearer idea of the demand on contractors.

The report estimates that of the 14,900, about 85% of those will be needed in the Surat Basin, with 10% needed in Gladstone and 5% in Brisbane.

ESQ chief executive officer Glenn Porter said contract roles, rather than ongoing positions, boosted job forecasts.

"There is now a greater understanding of the required contracting workforce and updated project figures, meaning the peak workforce numbers have more than doubled from original estimates," Mr Porter said.

"Through this unique collaboration we have developed a shared understanding of the industry's combined future workforce needs and compared this to Queensland labour market data to identify skills gaps."

ESQ has identified more than 20 critical skills and occupations which include: drillers, geologists, telecommunications technicians, instrumentation and control systems technicians, electrical fitters, engineers, technical trainers and health & safety officers.

The Upstream (CSG field facilities) workforce will require the largest numbers of personnel across the development, maintenance and shutdown phases of gas wells.


  • LNG production expected to employ 14,900 people across Queensland
  • Just 10% of those jobs will be in Gladstone
  • About 35% of workers are expected to be employed directly by gas companies, with 65% contracted through supply chain contractors

Topics:  curtis island employment gladstone jobs lng resources

Hundreds flock to Gladstone's film extravaganza

Gladstone film festival director Luke Graham and 800 Words star Melinda Vidler on the VIP couches as the festival got underway last night.

OUTDOOR films at Gladstone's marina draw huge crowds.

'Stump up cash': Swipe at Labor over project delay a 'stunt'


POLLIE labels Joyce plea on multi-million dollar project a "stunt".

Hundreds of jobs in Gladstone's planned tourism boost

TOURISM BOOST: Gladstone MP Glenn Butcher said a new campaign to get visitors running up the coast could be the next boom for Gladstone.

"Everything is right on our doorstep"

Local Partners

New Aussies call Gladstone home

Gladstone takes on board 24 new Aussies with citizenship ceremony boosting to 922 people in the past three years.

WATCH: NASA space station is live, see the view from above

In this picture taken from NASA's International Space Station from April 2015, the SpaceX Dragon is captured with the 57.7-foot-long Canadarm2 robotic arm before its installation to the Harmony module.

See the world from a new perspective as space station passes Rocky

Community garden set for Palmwoods

Kay Nixon at the Palmwoods Community Gardens will be hosting a launch day and inviting the ecommunity to come along and sign up.

Parcel of land to supply sustainable gardening for community

SUPER SATURDAY: Plenty on offer in Gladstone today

Jason Mara scores 86 points  on Ugly Kid Joe. Jason went on to win  The Chronicle PBR All Star Challenge with his ride on Rock Star gaining 85 points for a total of 171.  Saturday Oct 15, 2016.

There's plenty to see and do in Gladstone today.

The Kardashian sex tape has gone virtual reality

Vivid make Kim Kardashian West sex tape a virtual reality experience

Mariah Carey and James Packer discussing relationship

Mariah Carey and James Packer are discussing how to work things out

January Jones: Take time away from your phone

January Jones needs time away from her phone

Mel C won't return to Spice Girls for daughter

MEL C is adamant she won't reunite with the Spice Girls

60's British rock legends to return to Australia

The Troggs will play a string of dates across Australia in November.  Photo Contributed

We all remember 'Wild Thing' and now you can hear it live.

Depp jumps ship from agency of 25 years

Johnny Depp has signed to CAA after 25 years with the United

Investors eye new local estate with dirt cheap property

A new estate, Aquatic Vista, has opened at Agnes Water.

BUYERS to go crazy for an entire new estate put on the market.

Want to own one of Australia's best restaurants?

TOP GONG: Mooloolaba Spice Bar has been named in TripAdvisor's Top 10 Australian restaurants for 2016.

Here's your chance to pick up one of the Coast's favourite eateries

OPINION: Banks fear Gladstone future: Councillor

REGIONAL Queensland deserves a helping hand on housing.

Bank reclaims Goondoon St complex plan, places on the market

Multi-million dollar development plan up for sale.

MULTI-MILLION dollar plan for Goondoon St complex on the market.

Tough times in CBD: Woolies says goodbye Ipswich

Woolworths in the Ipswich Mall.Photo: Rob Williams / The Queensland Times

The last day of trading will be January 1

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!