Full steam ahead on Curtis despite suspected sabotage

SUSPECTED sabotage on the QCLNG project on Curtis Island last week hasn't delayed any of the LNG projects under construction.

Gladstone Police were called to the QCLNG site last Monday after Bechtel found a number of chain block lifting devices (winches) that appeared to have been tampered with. 

Bechtel Gladstone general manager Kevin Berg said an investigation was still underway but construction had not been delayed.

"We're still very much in line with meeting milestones with the schedule that we have set for ourselves," he told the ABC.

"It does take some time obviously to go through and do those kinds of inspections, and to verify the safety of the equipment that's in place and to validate that it is safe.

"That does take some time and effort and a number of people to perform the inspections, but it doesn't have a significant impact on the overall work activity."

Mr Berg said if the equipment had been intentionally damaged, the matter would be handed to police.

"We're all anxiously awaiting to hear from Workplace Health and Safety Queensland," he said.

"I anticipate it could take their specialists a week to 10 days to conduct a thorough analysis and make a determination and to get back to us and Queensland police."

Mr Berg said last week it was "extremely distressing" that someone might have deliberately put workmates at risk.

 About 3000 workers are currently on the QCLNG project.

The $20 billion project is one of three LNG plants under construction on Curtis Island, and is due to deliver first gas next year. 



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