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Project boss keen to employ Island staff

SKILLS gained by workers involved in the construction of the three Curtis Island LNG plants went a long way in helping the Casper-Eagle Ford joint venture pick Gladstone as the site for its oil refinery.

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Project director Duncan Mackenzie said workers who had been involved in those projects had the skills needed for the refinery.

"The whole workforce in Gladstone has upskilled to new levels and now have the skills we will need when we start our project," he said.

"Previously we would have struggled to find people who are capable of handling the specialised functions that building a refinery required.

"The LNG experience will help us, and it will provide ongoing employment for those people."

He said the company had no plans to employ FIFO workers, either in construction or in the operational phase once commissioning was complete.

"We don't think a refinery lends itself to a FIFO workforce. It will be a Gladstone-based business and we want to keep it local - and that's important to Gladstone people."

He didn't expect the project would have a big impact on Gladstone's social environment.



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