Santos establishes local long-term team to run LNG plant
SANTOS GLNG says it is keen to establish a long-term workforce in Gladstone and plans to recruit 102 people for permanent, ongoing roles here.
"Half of our 2000-strong workforce on Curtis Island is made up of Gladstone locals and we will continue to provide local employment opportunities for the Gladstone region," Mr Duke said in the company's July update.
"Our downstream operations team will recruit 102 people into permanent, ongoing roles with the project by August this year, and half of the 80 jobs awarded so far have been given to Gladstone locals."
People in the roles will run the plant and port operations once the construction phase ceases and gas exports begin.
"These talented recruits will play a critical role in ensuring the compressed gas from our pipeline is liquefied and loaded onto tankers to be shipped to export markets," Mr Duke said.
"Locals can be assured that we will continue to give back to the communities where we operate long after our LNG plant, 420km underground pipeline and gas hubs are built.
"Although workforce numbers will drop back in 2015 when the project delivers first gas, we still expect to offer many more permanent jobs in LNG operations, not to mention local procurement and operational supply opportunities."
One of the new recruits, senior maintenance planner and Gladstone local Kelly Gibson, said she was excited about working with Santos GLNG.
"I can't wait to be part of the team delivering one of Australia's first CSG to LNG projects," Ms Gibson said.