QGC aims to dispel job fears talking up local opportunities

ONE of Gladstone's LNG projects is talking up local job opportunities once it begins operation, in a bid to allay concerns about an end-of-construction slump.

Next year will see 2000 jobs in construction on QCLNG cut to 200 operational workers.

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Project managers have said the operation will create new jobs for Gladstone, in industries as diverse as hospitality and IT.

But they didn't put a number on subcontractor positions.

QGC operations category manager Alex Marshall told a Gladstone Engineering Alliance luncheon while most operational positions were filled, there were still many direct and indirect roles that Gladstone workers could fill.

"Maintaining equipment is just one part of the business, but there is a full range of contracts from technical to consultancy, IT and hospitality," he said.

Any business had a look-in, it was just a matter of finding where your business sat in the supply chain of contractors and sub-contractors, Mr Marshall said.

As an example, he said a butcher wouldn't be hired by project owner QGC, but would be required by catering, which comes under facilities management.

The comments come as QGC starts an advertisement blitz to show how much it's investing in the community.

Meanwhile the gas industry's peak body has released its top policy priorities, following the change of Federal Government.

The Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association chief David Byers said a high-cost local environment and the emergence of new LNG competitors in East Africa, North America and elsewhere were making it much harder to win market share and attract investment.

"It is critical that steps are taken to ensure Australia secures its share of the next wave of global oil and gas projects," he said.

APPEA's policy priorities include fiscal stability; the need for market-based energy policy; maintaining industry access to resources; red tape and green tape reduction; and developing viable labour markets that encourage mobility, flexibility and productivity.

QGC operations

  • Company spends 80% of operating budget in Australia
  • Holds $1 billion of current contracts in Gladstone
  • 4580 registrations have been received from Gladstone businesses interested in working with QGC

What do you think Gladstone will look like when LNG construction is finished?

This poll ended on 16 October 2013.

It will still be a bustling city. There's plenty going on - 9%

Things will slow down a bit, but not crash - 25%

It'll get back to the way it was before LNG - 22%

It'll be a ghost town with plenty of empty houses - 43%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

Topics:  curtis island gladstone employment lng qclng qgc

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