THE CSG/LNG workforce will peak in 2024 at almost 15,000 workers, according to a new report, while those in the Gladstone region should be upskilling in the areas of drilling, electrical and telecommunications roles.
The report also identified the areas of skills development and training needed for the long-term growth of the CSG to LNG industry.
Although the main operators have a static baseline workforce from the Surat Basin to Curtis Island, the people subcontracted for maintenance work will fluctuate.
Energy Skills Queensland (ESQ) had support from all five operators including ConocoPhillips, Arrow Energy, Santos, QGC and Origin to pool their data to see what workers will be required overall in the next 20 years.
ESQ workforce planning manager Anthea Middleton told guests, at a Site Skills Training Gladstone Central Queensland industry luncheon held at the Grand Hotel on Thursday in Gladstone, the Queensland CSG to LNG Workforce Plan Operations and Maintenance 2014-2034 aimed to prepare the state for however many workers were required along the pipeline and the roles needed for a skilled workforce.
"We expect major growth. A good news story as construction comes off is in the maintenance workforce," Ms Middleton said.
"Six hundred workers will be required for 30 days at a time during major shutdowns."
She said that with six LNG trains on Curtis Island - which could grow if the operators decided to increase production - current estimates would require full-time employment for 600 maintenance workers.
"We don't know how it will look, but that is where key employment will be," she said.
Ms Middleton said because the process was very new, "if you don't have skilled workers, you don't have skilled trainers".
Energy Skills Queensland has several recommendations from the report, including a more detailed supply analysis for the CSG/LNG supply chain.
- Electrical fitter/mechanic
- Telecommunication technician
- Instrumentation and control technician
- Health, safety and environment officers
See the full report here.