Thousands of mining jobs expected
A MULTI-BILLION-DOLLAR mining project is expected to create thousands of jobs for Wide Bay and Burnett residents.
Speaking in Maryborough yesterday, projects control manager David Allen encouraged locals to register their interest in the Gladstone Liquefied Natural Gas project.
He said there would be jobs for concreters, electricians, fitters, welders and “all kinds of utility people” in the construction and operation of a 435km pipeline from the Surat and Bowen basins to Gladstone.
“What we’ve done is set up a portal with the Industry Capability Network Queensland, which allows local suppliers to register their interest.
“Then the ICN present that interest to major contractors.”
The GLNG project, a joint venture by Santos and Petronas, is expected to be the world’s first large-scale coal seam gas to liquefied natural gas project.
The $7 billion project would see coal seam gas shipped from the basins via pipeline to a plant at Curtis Island near Gladstone.
The plant was expected to initially produce three to four million tonnes per annum of liquefied natural gas, with a maximum potential production of 10mtpa, from 2014.
Australian Industry Engineering and Manufacturing Network general manager Peter Gregory said it was a “major boost” to have Mr Allen visit Maryborough to talk about the project.
He said Santos worked closely with both the business and community with projects and the GLNG venture was no exception.
“Work opportunities will present themselves and this is all part of the massive mining projects that are unfolding right around Qld and Australia.”
Mr Gregory said it was good to see about 50 business people at yesterday’s seminar.