Bechtel looks for skilled workers

By ALLAN McNEILallanm@gladstoneobserver.com.au

BECHTEL is recruiting for jobs in Gladstone, but it doesn't necessarily mean a major project is on the horizon.

Speculation has been rife in recent weeks following the announcement that Bechtel would hold a public information session in Gladstone to recruit workers.

The major construction agency in Gladstone, Bechtel has helped build local industries including the Comalco Alumina Refinery and Boyne Smelters Ltd's reduction lines.

Recruitment agency Hays has a message posted on its website advertising the information session, saying those present would be '... getting an idea of the sort of projects Bechtel are involved with globally and more importantly their plans and outlook for the Gladstone business.'

However managing director for Bechtel services Ron Yelland said the recruitment drive was just for general services and not a major project in Gladstone.

'It's really just to service our local clients,' Mr Yelland said.

Mr Yelland said the number of local employees under the Bechtel banner had continued to swell in the past 12 months.

'We had less than 10 last August, there are currently 50 and we are now looking to take it to about 65 to 70,' he said.

However rumours that Gladstone workers working for Bechtel in Darwin are being told to expect construction for Comalco stage two are unfounded, according to Mr Yelland.

'They're just that ? rumours,' Mr Yelland said.



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