Kimberley Lowe sings the national anthem before an audience at the Gladstone Region of Choice summit.
Kimberley Lowe sings the national anthem before an audience at the Gladstone Region of Choice summit. Chrissy Harris

Problems on horizon for LNG plan

The Australia Pacific LNG announced yesterday at the Region of Choice summit that 5000 jobs will be created with another 10,000 indirect jobs generated from the Curtis Island LNG project, but warned of looming problems.

Deputy project manager for Australia Pacific LNG project Richard A. D’Ardenne said the first shipment of LNG was scheduled for late 2014.

“Maybe not all the capacity that is possible for LNG plants will go forward, but there is still a significant amount of work in the area,” he said.

“We will have problems with the labour force, especially the provision of skilled labour. We can’t wait for final investment decisions with these projects in order to mitigate some of those concerns.”

"To get skilled craftsman and instrument electrical workers takes time. There is going to have to be commitments to move forward with some of those programs early. There are significant issues and significant problems are looming for this industry,” he said.

The Australia Pacific Project manager said LNG developments will put pressure on Gladstone’s infrastructure.

“We will have problems with transport and road infrastructure. We think we are okay with school infrastructure but then you start talking about bringing skilled teachers into the area,” he said.

“However, when the housing prices start going up how are you going to attract people to teach here when they can’t afford to live here?

“We are planning, however, to have up to 80 per cent of our workforce fly in and out because we think we will only be able to attract 20 per cent of a local workforce,” Mr D’Ardenne said.



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