$68m ugprade at Kogan Creek

Kogan Creek Power Station Celotti Workforce

A MAJOR overhaul of Kogan Creek Power Station will soon get under way.

And it will boost the number of workers on-site by about 500 at its peak.

Owner CS Energy will spend about $68 million on the overhaul of its 750-megawatt station near Chinchilla between April and June of this year, resulting in hundreds of additional workers arriving at the site.

The workers will carry out inspections and maintenance across 56 days to ensure the power station remains in peak condition.

Overhauls of power station were a regular requirement, and a major logistical exercise, power station general manager Phil Matha said.

“It involves getting equipment to the site, coordinating works to happen on time and liaising with the community to ensure the people working on the project could be accommodated,” Mr Matha said.

“We’re expecting a peak workforce here on-site of approximately 500 people, which will include more than 400 contractors, along with the power station’s permanent workforce of 72 people,” he said.

“The types of extra workers on site will range from trades assistants, to technicians and engineers, including a small number of specialists from overseas.

“This contractor workforce will be accommodated at different motels and camps in Chinchilla.”

Kogan Creek power station began operations in 2007 and is considered to be one of the most efficient coal-fired power stations in the National Electricity Market.

It features the largest single generating unit in Australia and water efficient dry cooling technology. CS Energy also owns the neighbouring Kogan Creek Mine, which supplies black coal to the power station and is operated by Golding Contractors.

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Queensland mine expansion to create 2500 jobs

Rio Tinto’s bauxite operations on Cape York in far north Queensland will be extended for another 40 years after its board approved a $2.6 billion expansion.

The South of Embley project will now be known as Amrun at the request of traditional owners, the Wik Way people, and will include a new mine and port.

It will replace the East Weipa mine, extending Rio Tinto’s Cape York bauxite operations by four decades.

Rio Tinto CEO Sam Walsh said the project would provide 1,400 permanent jobs and 1,100 in the construction phase, set to begin in 2017.

“Amrun is one of the biggest investment projects in Queensland this year and it will continue to create opportunities for education, employment and economic growth for local businesses and communities on Cape York over coming decades,” Mr Walsh said.

“This is very, very important to us to work with the community and to be a good corporate citizen.”

Premier Anastasia Palaszczuk said all Queenslanders would benefit.

“It will extend the life of the existing Weipa operations and secures jobs for up to 40 years – the single largest private investment that we have seen outside the south-east of our state in many, many years,” she said.

“This means jobs, more jobs and a massive $2.6 billion spend right here in Queensland.”

Operations should begin in 2019.

At full capacity, the project is expected to produce 50 million tonnes of bauxite – double what the East Weipa mine is currently producing.

NT salt mine will mean 350 jobs

CENTRAL Australia’s long extinct oceans will soon offer Alice Springs more than 350 jobs when construction of salt mining infrastructure begins in early 2017.

Miner Tellus became interested in the Chandler site, 120km south of Alice Springs, in 2012 after oil and gas exploration found some of the largest salt deposits in the world.

But the project’s biggest material boost came yesterday in a Beijing boardroom when Tellus managing director ­Duncan van der Merwe and his counterpart from the state-owned China Coal Technology and Engineering Group, Ji Yangrui, signed off on a $120 million deal for mining machinery.

The deal is expected to be the first of several in the coming days and weeks to shore up the future of $464 million project and see the first spade crack red earth near Titjikala in 2017.

Because of the drying qualities of salt, Tellus will also sell shaft space for storage of waste and minerals from the mining, heavy industry, government and oil and gas sectors.

Mr van der Merwe said deals with the land’s traditional owners meant the company would not store any nuclear or uranium waste or byproducts.

Construction of mining infrastructure and a 31km haulage road to connect it to a new railway siding will take about a year, but it will be three years until digging hits salt beds, about 800m underground.

Mr Van der Merwe said the first four-year phase will create 360 jobs.

The operational mining and storage phase will run at least 25 years, potentially hundreds of years more, and create 180 jobs.

The workers will be mostly “drive in-drive out’’ from Alice Springs and will sleep at a workers camp on site.

Mr Van der Merwe said storing waste and other materials in the mine created a net positive environmental effect.

Tellus has set an Aboriginal employment target of 10 per cent, which is below the levels government requires when tendering its own projects.

Mr van der Merwe said Tellus would establish a training program to skill local Aboriginal workers and aimed to exceed the 10 per cent target in time.

The mined salt will travel by rail to Darwin and be shipped from the port to mostly Asian countries.

Pay crackdown on Darwin businesses

The Fair Work Ombudsman will audit up to 50 businesses in Darwin this week as part of a new campaign.

Fair Work inspectors will check that employers are paying the correct minimum hourly rates, penalty rates, allowances, loadings and providing appropriate meal breaks.

Compliance with record-keeping and pay-slip obligations will also be monitored.

The campaign will focus on employers across a range of sectors, including building and industrial cleaning services…

All businesses will be randomly selected.

Fair Work Ombudsman Natalie James says Darwin is home to thousands of businesses and is a persistent source of requests for assistance from workers.

Ms James says one of the aims of the campaign is to ensure employers are aware of their workplace responsibilities and how the Fair Work Ombudsman can assist them to access, understand and apply information to build a culture of compliance.

“It’s important we check that workers are being paid correctly, but we also want to be pro-active about ensuring employers understand their obligations,” she said.

“Inspectors will visit most businesses involved in the campaign so they can offer employers tailored assistance to rectify any non-compliance issues and put processes in place to ensure they get it right in the future.”

Key local employer groups have been enlisted to assist the Agency to promote the campaign.

Employers can call 1300 CELOTTI for further information, or visit https://www.fairwork.gov.au/about-us/news-and-media-releases/2015-media-releases/october-2015/20151019-darwin-campaign

Resources sector generating local jobs in Western Downs (QLD)

An estimated $1.3 billion – some 40% of gross regional product (GRP) – was injected into the Western Downs Region in the last financial year through resource sector activity.

This investment produced 6,713 full-time equivalent jobs or 39% of total employment in the Western Downs.

A detailed analysis by the Queensland Resources Council (QRC) of the minerals and energy sector impact on the Queensland economy further revealed that the direct spend of the sector in the Western Downs in 2014-15 amounted to at least $663 million..

This included $578 million in community contributions and purchases of goods and services from local businesses (including contractors) – to the benefit of 650 local businesses.

A further $85 million in wages went to 542 direct full-time employees (not including contractors).

On top of that, spending by the resources sector supported an additional 6,171 jobs and contributed a further $605 million to the regional economy through the sourcing of local businesses in the supply chain and workers spending their wages on locally produced goods and services.

The QRC reported that resource operations in the Western Downs also produced $93 million in royalties out of Queensland’s total royalty revenue of $2.1 billion.

The $1.3 billion injected into the Western Downs represented almost 45% of the resources sector’s total contribution of $2.9 billion to the Darling Downs’ economy.

The sector directly employed 1,122 full-time employees in the Darling Downs region in 2014-15, while a further 14,062 full-time workers were indirectly employed.

When combined, the 15,184 full-time employees comprised 13% of the total Darling Downs work force.

QRC Chief Executive Michael Roche said that despite the slump in commodity prices, it was heartening to see that a region like the Darling Downs could still have a significant portion of its workforce employed either directly or indirectly by the resources sector.

“These results signal the beginning of a new era in the resources sector where we have moved out of a record period of capital expenditure, especially in the gas industry,” Mr Roche said.

“‘While we have now settled back into a more normal phase where operational expenditure dominates, the jobs created, the spending dollars generated and the royalties paid to the Queensland Government are still a pivotal part of our economy.”

Visit Queensland Resources Council for more information about the contribution of resources to Queensland’s economy.

Read more: http://www.advancewesterndowns.com.au

Major gas field works for Surat Basin – Origin/APLNG

Major gas field development works are set to begin in the Surat Basin as Origin Energy moves ahead with its Australia Pacific LNG (APLNG) project.

The Collaborative Well Delivery (CWD) phase of the project calls for the delivery of approximately 200 wells per annum in the Basin through a series of work packages.

Origin has awarded the two-year CWD contract, which has an additional two-year option, to CIMIC Group’s construction company, Leighton Contractors.

The CWD project is expected to generate revenue of approximately $209 million (AUD 300 million) to Leighton Contractors over two years.

The company has reported that local subcontractors, suppliers and personnel from the Western Downs region will deliver at least 15 percent of the project works.

The project’s planning phase for the first Project Works Package is underway and construction works are expected to begin this month.

The CWD development supports APLNG’s ongoing Upstream operations and supply to its Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) export facility on Curtis Island, post the construction phase which is largely complete.

Leighton Contractors Managing Director Roman Garrido said the new contract extends the upstream infrastructure the company has delivered for APLNG in the past three years.

CEO of Origin’s gas and LNG business, David Baldwin, said the CWD contract offers significant savings of 45 percent per well connected for APLNG relative to wells delivered during the construction phase of the project.

Two months ago, Origin re-affirmed its commitment to the APLNG project, despite the company recording a loss of $658 million for the last financial year.

Origin Chairman Gordon Cairns pointed out that the company had consistently stated that the 2015 and 2016 financial years were transitional years for Origin, as it completed the final stages of its investment in APLNG.

“Work on the APLNG project is nearing completion and the project remains on track to commence sustained production from Train 1 from the second quarter of the 2016 financial year and from Train 2 approximately six months later,” Mr Cairn said.

At the time, Origin Managing Director Grant King said Origin had made strong progress on plans to reduce APLNG’s total upstream cost structure by $1 billion per annum.

“During the period, initiatives were implemented to reduce annual upstream costs by approximately $650 million, with a target of an additional $350 million of cost reduction initiatives to be implemented by the end of the 2016 financial year,” Mr King added.

Read more http://www.advancewesterndowns.com.au/news/major-gas-field-works-for-surat-basin/

QLD Gov against 100% FIFO mines

The Queensland Government has released a report recommending that no new 100 per cent fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) mines be approved in the state.

The advice is one of eight recommendations contained in a report prepared by an expert panel appointed by the government earlier this year to examine the impact of FIFO work practices at operational mines.

The mayors of Isaac and Mackay regional councils, as well as two resource industry leaders, were appointed to the panel.

At the time, the Queensland Government said workers should be able to choose to live in the resource communities near to where they work.

The panel’s report recommends that no new operations, within a safe travelling distance of a community, be allowed to have a 100 per cent FIFO workforce.

However, it counsels against altering existing approvals granted for resource activities in the state.

It further recommends the introduction of new legislation to force proponents to prepare workforce, procurement and accommodation plans.

It also suggests a body monitor compliance and the handing down of financial penalties for violations.

In addition, the panel recommends that local councils with resource activity in their local government area be encouraged by the Queensland Government to develop or improve long-term sustainable economic strategies to help manage cumulative impacts.

These economic strategic plans should be complemented by social infrastructure strategic plans and supported by improved data collection, coordination and reporting.

The expert panel’s report will be considered later this month by a Queensland Parliamentary Committee scrutinising FIFO work practices in regional Queensland.

The panel’s findings are in line with a submission made by Western Downs Regional Council to the parliamentary committee.

The council voiced its opposition to a 100% FIFO workforce and encouraged the resource sector to develop and implement a robust live local policy.

The council submission also noted the following:

  • Where FIFO is necessary, employees should be accommodated in nearby towns (if reasonable) and be able to contribute and participate in the community whilst on shift.
  • Access to information, such as FIFO numbers, where and how the FIFO workforce is housed and future requirements for FIFO from the proponents is essential for council to measure the impacts of FIFO and plan for the augmentation on local services and infrastructure in the Western Downs.
  • FIFO should be considered in conjunction with housing and accommodation planning to ensure significant impact is not placed on our regional communities.

For more information on the expert panel report and the Parliamentary Inquiry into FIFO go to the Fly-in-fly-out (FIFO) review

Source: http://www.advancewesterndowns.com.au/news/fifo-report-against-100-per-cent-fly-in-fly-out-workforce/

Nexus will construct $1.6b Toowoomba bypass with 75% local workers

Ink is dry on Range bypass contract.

THE State Government, the Nexus consortium and the Federal Government have put pen to paper to sign a contract on the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing.

Minister for Industry and Science Member for Groom Ian Macfarlane and Queensland Minister for Main Roads Mark Bailey at the signing of the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing.

The contract means Nexus has a contractual obligation to deliver the A$1.6 billion bypass.

The signing was an example of political bipartisanship with the Labor State Government signing a deal with the Liberal Federal Government.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss, Queensland Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey and Nexus chairman John Witheriff signed the documents this morning at Rotary Park at the top of the Range, officially sealing the deal on the bypass.

Speeches given during the signing were inaudible because of  noise from passing trucks, an irony that wasn’t lost on those present.

Mr Witheriff said the consortium’s successful bid included a commitment to support local employment and the local supply chain.

He said 75% of workers employed on the project would be locals.

Queensland Minister for Main Roads Mark Bailey said works would begin before Christmas.

Nexus says construction will be complete in late 2018.

The consortium will then operate and maintain the road for 25 years.

Mr Bailey said the toll price for the road would be announced closer to the opening of the project.

He said the project would include a separated connection to Mort St.

“This will particularly benefit freight operators who need to travel in and out of Toowoomba,” he said.

“The final design will also see two lanes built each way from the Warrego Highway East Interchange to Warrego Highway West and grade separated interchanges at Warrego Highway West, Toowoomba-Cecil Plains Road and the Gore Highway.

“A 30-metre deep cutting at the top of the range will also be built as an alternative to a tunnel proposal, enabling safer travel for all heavy vehicles, including ones carrying dangerous goods.”

The Toowoomba Second Range Crossing will be delivered as a Public Private Partnership, with the Queensland Government contributing up to $321 million towards the project.

Read more http://www.thechronicle.com.au/news/ink-dry-range-bypass-contract/2748328/

Good Advice for Landing an Oil & Gas Job

Geoffrey Cann, 11 May 2015.

I don’t think graduating right now with a petroleum oriented degree is a bad thing, but if you want to be involved in designing and building the next generation LNG plant, you’re going to be disappointed. The next oil and gas job in Australia is going to be in operations and maintenance. So for all you new market entrants, here’s where I would do.

•   If you can, get some training in manufacturing excellence. There’s shortages emerging for these skills in WA, NT and QLD. Anything in that realm could help (LEAN, Six Sigma, for example) and will apply to off shore, FLNG, gas plants, compression stations and LNG plants.

•   Upgrade your skills in operations. With all the plants coming on line, there will be steady demand for people trained on instrumentation and operations. It’s been my experience that these jobs will stay with the LNG companies and will not be sourced to contractors. Concentrate your search for work there. Your willingness to be trained and your low salary expectations as a new market entrant will be an asset.

•  Get to know the maintenance services contractors, particularly those focused on turbines, valves, pumps, compressors, wellheads. Their brands are not well known, but this part of the industry is going to expand to keep up with the expanding gas fields and processing equipment.

•   Consider waiting out the downturn by getting another degree. This worked very well for many during the 2008-09 downturn. If you have a technical background (engineering, petroleum, geology), consider an MBA. By the time you’re back from school, and with the expected slowdown in enrolments in the sector, you should be an attractive employee.

Read more at http://www.geoffreycann.com/wheres-next-oil-gas-job/#

You Just Lost Your Oil and Gas Job. Now What?

Oil and gas guru Geoffrey Cann shares some valuable job market insights…

Once again the global oil and gas industry is scaling back its workforce as a way of coping with the dramatic collapses in the prices of oil and gas. The headline job losses are staggering –100,000 or more, depending on which source you read. If you’re among the thousands, this must feel pretty crappy. But there’s usually a silver lining to these events, and I thought I’d share a few observations from the many previous such bloodlettings that I’ve been through over the years.

What is behind the scale back?

It’s all rather simple. There’s too much oil coming onto the market and in a relatively disorderly manner, and OPEC, who would normally try to manage the market to reduce its volatility, have elected to let supply and demand balance naturally. Therefore, prices have fallen from $110 per barrel to $50 per barrel. Most companies would struggle if their revenue line was cut by 50% in just a few months, and oil and gas is no different.

While Australia’s LNG exporters have pre-sold most of their product, money for reinvestment is scarce. The greatest impact to the workforce is for those in construction or project roles. Existing projects will be completed, but new projects will be impacted. Next comes the efficiency savings, such as the implementation of shared services, office closures and reorganisations, which results in head office staff moving on. High cost work, often done by contingent workers, consultants and contractors, is halted or shifted over to full time surplus staff, and the high cost team are transitioned out. Some companies try to freeze salaries or roll back wages. Outsourcing to low cost economies picks up, and in areas not normally considered outsource candidates, like engineering. No job is truly safe.

Unfortunately for Australia, the collapse in oil prices coincides with the fall off in mining construction projects. Skills between oil, gas and mining are relatively transferrable, which is good, and the mining industry has always had a boom and bust cycle. Workers in these areas tend to be a resilient lot.

Will the jobs come back?

There are no guarantees, but history has shown that cutbacks in capital spending in oil and gas eventually choke off the supply of fresh oil and gas. Once this happens, the demand for oil and gas exceeds supply and the prices come back up. Companies then restart their capital spending, and the cycle starts anew. The problem is that no one knows how long it will take for demand to catch up to dwindling supply. All we can assume is that it’s still an attractive industry, until such time as renewables are sufficiently advanced to take over. And as the baby boomer generation retires out of the oil and gas sector, there should be some openings for talent during the next several years.

story: Where are Oil and Gas Prices Going?

Take Stock of Your Situation

Don’t underestimate your working experience with an oil company or one of the big suppliers. It signals a level of experience with large and complex company operations, and probably exposure to some of the most sophisticated systems anywhere. And your experience will be recognised anywhere in the world. Capital management experience is also an asset – the oil and gas industry tends to run joint venture megaprojects and experience on these mega undertakings can translate into valuable insight into smaller projects. Finally, the industry likes to buy experience, so any history in the sector can pay off sometime in the future.

Of course, consider what you are looking for in a job. Income security or diversity of experience may become a more important driver for you than a large salary. That European holiday may have to wait.

What Should You Do Now?

There is no easy path forward at this point, but assuming the industry is still of interest to you, there are a number of possibilities that could work for you.

Find the gaps

First, there are actually  large shortages of some oil and gas skills today in Australia and globally. There are so many LNG and FLNG plants coming to market at the same time that there will be shortages of skills in any number of areas. Australia will continue to build capacity to meet demand growth as the country grows from 7 to 21 operating LNG trains in the next 24 months. Just planning and executing the transition from a project to an operating company is creating new roles.

Look for growth

Second, some basins around the planet will continue to grow. The coal seam gas sector in Queensland is one such basin. The coal seam gas has been presold for years and so the gas companies have not much option but to continue to drill and complete wells and field compression. The industry will need to take its costs down, but that is very different from cancelling spend altogether. Existing large basins with lots of installed capital, like the Canadian oil sands, the Middle East, and the off shore industry, will continue to spend.

Try the nationals

Third, consider opportunities with the national oil companies (NOCs). They often operate with two agendas – a commercial, make-money, agenda (like everyone else), and a national energy security agenda (unique to NOCs). During downturns, the NOCs don’t cut back staff to the same degree as the private sector, so there’s a bit more job security there. It might mean having to move abroad for a period of time.

Become an entrepreneur

Fourth, and not for everyone, consider an entrepreneurial direction. Oil companies are hotbeds for innovation and experimentation, but not good at commercialising them. Perhaps there’s some technology or solution that has become stranded in oil company hands, owing to capital constraints or internal red tape, that could become a platform for a commercial advancement. I would look for something with external appeal (ie, not specific to a single company), particularly something a bit edgy that will be in demand when prices come back.

Rebadge as a contractor or consultant

Fifth, consider contracting back to the former employer. The reality is that the jobs may go, but some of the work will not, and they will need to contract to get it done. The big consulting houses are also hiring, under the same logic – that the work is still there – in such areas as analytics, logistics, asset management, supply chain.

Get into operations or production

Sixth, pay a call on operations. There’s no doubt that the cool part of oil and gas is the project part. Big budgets, tough timelines, new kit, latest technology. But when there are no projects, the only place to be is in operations. Ops is cash flow, and in tough times, cash is king.

Try the public sector

Seventh, have a look at the public sector, particularly in departments focused on oil and gas. During the boomy times, the public sector is unable to attract any oil and gas talent, largely due to the big difference in salary expectations. They may still be hiring.

Key lessons

We’re all being schooled by the market at the moment, and these low oil and gas prices serve as a very good reminder of the need for discipline. What are the take-aways?

Cost, cost, cost

The only sustainable advantage in this industry is to be the low cost producer. Everyone else gets it in the shorts. And with an average cost of production of $13 per barrel, the Saudis set the pace. A ruthless attention to costs is a critical skill. Be great at Lean, continuous improvement and process reengineering. Being part of the low cost play in an oil company with a portfolio of plays is a good place to be right now. Similarly, being part of an organisation that can weather the storm and have a longer term view of workforce planning is critical. When the taps turns back on, large companies don’t want 4 -5 years to build up trained and experienced staff.

Network now

Warm up the external oil and gas network before it’s needed. I noticed how a number of oil professionals from my network began to discuss career opportunities with me many months ago. It might have been lucky, but could also have been precient. Either way, they surfaced new opportunities from their network early. And if you don’t have an external network, it’s probably time to start building one. Too many industry professionals tend to concentrate on building their large internal company network, only to see it implode when the layoffs start.

Get ahead of the curve

It’s hard to read the market, and no one wants a reputation as a job hopper. But lots of oil professionals jump off projects before they’ve come to an end, and have landed on their next project. It feels a little disloyal, but better to be on an elevator going up than one going down.

Stay positive

Last, but not least, think about what potential employers are looking for: quality outcomes, safety, optimisation and efficiency. These should be your best selling points.

Read more from Geoffrey Cann here

Little progress on Arrow’s LNG project

The likelihood of any work beginning on Arrow Energy’s proposed LNG project on Curtis Island is still up in the air, as those LNG projects currently under construction face continued scrutiny in light of falling oil prices.

The company entered into the front-end engineering design (FEED) phase for the project’s associated 500 km Arrow Bowen Pipeline in December, with plans to link central Queensland’s Bowen Basin to Curtis Island, with Worley Parsons awarded the contract.

The pipeline, which will be buried at a minimum depth of 750 mm in a 30 m easement, will transport CSG from Arrow Energy’s gas fields in the Bowen Basin to the proposed Arrow LNG Project planned for Curtis Island near Gladstone.

The Gladstone Observer has reported an Arrow spokesperson as commenting the company was “reframing development options to deliver better value for shareholders”.

“Collaboration discussions with third parties are continuing, to identify the best option for monetising Arrow’s gas reserves in both the Surat and Bowen basins,” the spokesperson said.

“This process is results and value-focused and not schedule-driven.”

Arrow, which is jointly owned by Shell and PetroChina, had initially planned to develop a CSG-to-LNG processing facility off the coast of Gladstone, alongside three other facilities currently under construction, though postponed its final investment decision for the project in February 2014, citing economic and inflation risk for its decision.

Meanwhile, GLNG Project partner Total fuelled speculation last year that Arrow is unlikely to process gas at its own facility with Total Exploration and Production Senior Vice President Asia Pacific, Jean-Marie Guillermou confirming that the joint venture is continuing discussions with third party suppliers including Arrow.

Read more http://pipeliner.com.au/news/little_progress_on_arrows_lng_project/090697/

1000 new jobs for QLD on proposed Blue Gum Gas Project

Carbon Energy has moved one step closer to obtaining approval to develop its first commercial scale gas project in Queensland at a site west of Dalby.

The company has received confirmation from the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (DEHP) that the government-appointed external consultant has completed its review of Carbon Energy’s Decommissioning Report and Rehabilitation Plan.

The company understands that a decision by government is now only subject to consideration of the final reports from DEHP and the Department of Natural Resources and Mines (DNRM) which are expected to be submitted early this year.

Carbon Energy CEO and Managing Director Morné Engelbrecht said the company was poised to move ahead with commercialising the project, as soon as the government had fully considered the departmental recommendations.

The Blue Gum project is set to be developed on the Bloodwood Creek pilot site, where the company completed first trials to commercialise its Underground Coal Gasification (UCG) keyseam technology.

This project is intended to deliver 25PJ per annum of pipeline quality natural gas from a plant that converts the UCG process’ Syngas to pipeline quality gas.

It is anticipated that first gas could be supplied to local industry from 2017, once suitable investment partners have been found and State Government approvals have been received.

Based on projected gas prices, the Blue Gum Gas Project could deliver in excess of $4 billion in gross revenue to Carbon Energy over a 25 year period and could create more than $200 million in royalties for the State.

It is expected to create in excess of 1000 jobs during the construction phase and approximately 150 sustained direct jobs in the region over the 25 years.

Mr Engelbrecht said the demonstrated and scientifically assessed Bloodwood Creek trial results provided strong confidence in the company’s technology through its complete lifecycle, from initiation to rehabilitation.

”While the Queensland Government considers the departmental recommendations, the company will increase its attention on securing further licensing opportunities globally, armed with the data supporting the outcomes from the Bloodwood Creek trial,” he added.

 “As we await a final decision from government, we will be directing our resources toward both securing off-take and development partners for our Blue Gum Gas Project and advancing our international business development program.

“The environmental results that we have achieved from the Bloodwood Creek trial provide us with a powerful demonstration of the advanced and leading nature of our gas production technique,” Mr Engelbrecht said

Read more http://advancewesterndowns.com.au/news-monitor/blue-gum-gas-project-moves-ahead

25,000 CSG job losses in Surat Basin

MORE than 25,000 jobs are set to disappear from the Surat Basin as the coal seam gas (CSG) industry transitions from the construction to production phase.

According to the GasFields Commission Queensland, the workforce will peak at 40,000 before stabilising at 12,000 to 14,000 in the next 18 months, as the industry transitions from a construction to production phase.

A Gasfields Community Leaders Council meeting was held in Toowoomba last week, where discussions focused on the workforce numbers and managing the transition.

Chinchilla Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Rob Hart said the adjustment in certain areas had been challenging for the community.

Mr Hart, who is also the Origin regional manager, said the chief issue for most people was they don’t know what the future holds.

“The current challenge now is going from a construction workforce into an operations workforce,” he said.

“Today has been revelatory for us in that each of the chief executives has actually committed to coming to Chinchilla and providing more feedback about what workforce numbers are going to be and how business is going to change from construction to operation.”

Mr Hart said the meeting had a long-term, positive focus but there were local challenges such as housing that needed to be managed.

Federal minister for industry and member for Groom Ian Macfarlane said the CSG industry was incredibly important internationally.

Mr Macfarlane briefly attended the Toowoomba meeting and described CSG as a major economic driver for the region.

“I sit right in the middle and support both sides,” he said.

“Agriculture has had to make compromises but the coal seam gas industry has also made compromises.”

Santos Queensland vice president Trevor Brown said they had completed construction on upstream facilities and all the wells were now connected to central processing hubs. The hubs were in a commissioning stage, set to be completed by the end of 2015.

Mr Brown said most of their construction workforce had now been demobilised.

He said they anticipated a spend of $1 billion per year for the five years following 2015 and $500 million each year after that.

QGC managing director Mitch Ingram said most of their upstream phase one infrastructure had now been completed.

He said they would drill roughly 300 wells each year for the foreseeable future and were looking at how to continue using local companies, long term.

“We are moving from a project environment into a steady state of operation,” he said.

On Tuesday, QGC launched a new program in Chinchilla to deliver long-term benefits back into regional communities.

Not-for-profit organisations in the Western Downs and Gladstone regions will be able to apply for grants of between $10,001 and $50,000 under the QGC Communities Fund.

Mr Ingram said the company remained committed to supporting host communities as it transitions to operations.

Australia Pacific LNG chief financial officer Mark McCabe said they were looking at how to locally procure and locate their workforce.

Mr McCabe said it was still early days as the APLNG project would be in the construction phase throughout 2015 before moving to the operations phase in 2016.

Read more http://www.queenslandcountrylife.com.au/news/agriculture/general/news/managing-csg-job-losses-in-surat-basin/2717932.aspx?storypage=0

This Month’s Hot Candidates

Heads up Employers!

These skilled and experienced candidates are looking for work right now, and many are willing to travel!

If you have a vacancy or opportunity in your business or project, whether it’s temporary or permanent, long or short term, talk to Celotti Workforce about sourcing the best possible person to meet your needs.

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Name Specialisation Home Town
Joel Driver / Operator / Drill offsider Toowoomba QLD
Wayne Driver: Bus / Drilling background Tara QLD
Trent Driver: HR Truck / Dogman Palmerston NT
Margaret Driver: LR Truck driver Chinchilla QLD
Roy Driver: Truck / Operator – Truck/Dog, Semi, Water Truck, Dump Truck Chinchilla QLD
Craig Operator / Labourer / Leading Hand / Supervisor – Construction QLD
Stephen Operator / Rigger / Dogger Chinchilla QLD
Daniel Operator: machine and Process Plant with Diploma WHS Cleveland QLD
James Operator: Plant – multi ticket NT
Ben Operator: Plant / Leading Hand Korumburra VIC
Geoff Operator: Plant / Storeman Chinchilla QLD
Jason Operator: Roller, compactor, front end loader, pilot/escort wide loads Mundubbera QLD
Michael Operator: Roller, front end loader, excavator QLD
Robert Operator: Side Boom / Leading Hand Hillside VIC
Ben Operator: Tele handler / Dogman – Pipelines/Construction Kingston QLD
Nicholas Rigger: Intermediate NT
Martin Engineer: Electrical & Controls QLD
David Engineer: Senior Project Engineer – Mechanical QLD
Sam Engineer: Site Engineer QLD
Gary Engineer: Mechanical (UK) / Plumbing Advisor Chinchilla QLD
David Engineer: Mechanical / Senior QA Inspector Pasadena SA
Adrian Engineer: Senior Civil Project Engineer QLD
Patrick Engineer: Senior Mechanical Engineer QLD
Phil Engineer: Senior Project Engineer QLD
Lenny Engineer: Structural/Geotechnical Surfers Paradise QLD
Priya Project Coordinator / Labour Hand / Cleaner / Camps Sri Lanka
Peter Project Manager NT
Simon Project Manager – Construction QLD
Bradley Project Manager: Seismic pre-project Manager Yeronga QLD
Pete Project Professional: Snr Project Controls QLD
Robert Project Professional: High Voltage E&I HA Lead Project Execution Advisor QLD
Graeme Environment Adviser Chinchilla QLD
Allisha Environment Adviser / Fauna Spotter Chinchilla QLD
Robert Pressure/Leak Tester: Helium Leak Testing WA
Various Housekeeper / Cleaner Korea
Peter HSEC & Training Specialist QLD
Danny HSEC/Training Advisor Bundoora VIC
Julian HSEC Professional/Contractor QLD
Maggie Materials Controller Dalby QLD
Ritchie Materials Controller / Coordinator Lipa City Philippines
Matthew Materials Controller / Warehousing & logistics Coordinator NT
Luke Warehouse / Workshop Hand – Drilling Geelong VIC
Graham Warehouse Supervisor NT
Michael Warehouse/Factory Hand / Yard Hand Kingaroy QLD
Wade Warehousing / Labourer / Landscaping Bellara QLD
Trevor Storeman Brisbane QLD
Patricia Office Administrator: Document Controller QLD
Simone Office Administrator / Contracts Admin / Rahab & Return to Work Coordinator Chinchilla QLD
Kara Office Administrator / Site Admin / Materials Coordinator Miles QLD
Jo Office Administrator / Site Admin / Welding and Completions Admin Dalby QLD
Lisa Office Administrator Berrimah NT
Sharron Office Administrator / Data Entry Chinchilla QLD
Sharon Office Administrator – Heavy Lift Chinchilla QLD
Vanessa Office Administrator Chinchilla QLD
Kate Office Administrator – Electrical Condamine QLD
Lisa Office Administrator / Site Admin Darwin, NT
Rebecca Office Administrator Dulacca QLD
Angelica Office Administrator / Office Manager Miles QLD
Olivia Office Administrator Wandoan QLD
Ken Office Administrator Yuleba QLD
Simone Office Administrator / Cleaner – Camps Chinchilla QLD
Kate Office Administrator / Construction Admin / Site Admin / Operator QLD
Glynn Office Administrator / Office Manager Chinchilla QLD
Lisa Office Administrator / Procurement / Stores QLD
Leanne Office Administrator / Receptionist Chinchilla QLD
Casey Office Administrator / Site Admin Chinchilla QLD
Natasha Office Administrator / Waitress Chinchilla QLD
Jana Office Administrator / Waitress Durong QLD
Annette Office Administrator / Accounts / WHS / Personal Assistant Chinchilla QLD
David Computer Technician Chinchilla QLD
August Pipeliner Green Valley NSW
Wayne Pipeliner QLD
Tod Pipeliner QLD
Thao Pipeliner Robina (Gold Coast) QLD
Paul Pipelines: Side boom Operator QLD
Glenda Procurement Maroubra NSW
Phil Procurement / Logistics / Materials QLD
Dillon QC Welding Inspector QLD
Nick Superintendent Perth WA
Mark Superintendent Northern NSW
Luke Supervisor: Cranes and Rigging & Barge QLD
Neil Supervisor: Building Chinchilla QLD
Dean Supervisor: Main Line Welding QLD
Nathan Supervisor: Civil QLD
Noah Supervisor: Mechanical QLD
James Tradie: Carpenter Lennox Head NSW
Zachary Tradie: Carpenter – formwork / FIFO NT
Chris Tradie: Carpenter / Poly Welder / Operator / Leading Hand NT
Tom Tradie: Electrical Subcontractor Sydney NSW
Sean Tradie: Electrician Dalby QLD
Zack Tradie: Electrician NT
Various Tradie: HVAC Electrician VIC
Curt Tradie: Industrial Painter / Coating/Quality Inspector / Industrial Painter QLD
Craig Tradie: Diesel Fitter NT
Roy Tradie: Mech Fitter/Labourer Brisbane QLD
Richard Tradie: Mechanical Fitter / Crane Driver / Dogman / Operator Flinders NSW
Troy Tradie: Mechanical Fitter / Rigger / Pressure Testing QLD
Warrick Tradie: Mech Fitter – Skid Installs QLD
Nick Tradie: Pipefitter/Instrument Tubing Specialist QLD
Eddie Tradie: Pipefitter/Boilermaker QLD
Rick Tradie: Insulator / Lagger / Sheet metal Works QLD
Paul Tradie: Plumber / Labourer Sunshine Coast QLD
Brian Tradie: Plumber/Construction Gray NT
Various Tradie: Welder / Pipefitter / Boilermaker Korea
Vince Tradie: Welder QLD
Mitch Apprentice: 3rd year Apprentice Carpenter / TA / Storeperson / General Labourer Dalby QLD
Charlie Apprentice: Diesel Fitter Apprentice / Labourer / Mechanical TA / Tractor Driver Roma QLD
Beth Apprentice: Seeking apprenticeship: Electrical/CSG Well maintenance Brisbane QLD
Zoe Apprentice: seeking apprenticeship/traineeship – Oil & Gas industry Seacliff Park SA
Ryan Trade Assistant QLD
Branden Trade Assistant: Electrical / General Construction /Supervisor Gleneagle QLD
Various TA / Labourer: General Korea
Allan TA / Labourer: General / Automotive / Mechanical QLD
Adam TA/Labourer – Mechanical/Civil Dalby QLD
Wayne Labourer / Operator Chinchilla QLD
Robert Labourer: General Ipswich QLD
Paul Labourer: General Jandowae QLD
Clint Labourer: General Slacks Creek QLD

Downer EDI wins Adani construction/services contracts worth $2 billion

Downer EDI has won a $2 billion contract for works at Adani’s Carmichael coal mine in Queensland’s Galilee Basin.

Downer said it had received two letters of awards from Adani for the construction of mine infrastructure and mining services at the site.

The contracts are set to run for seven years and are subject to the companies executing binding contracts.

Construction of the mine is set to commence later this year, with first coal slated in 2017.

The Carmichael project holds more than 11 billion tonnes of thermal coaland Adani Mining chief executive Jeyakumar Janakaraj said it will create 10,000 jobs and hand $22 billion to the state government in taxes and royalties.

Read more http://www.miningaustralia.com.au/news/adani-awards-downer-edi-2-billion-coal-contract?mid=90558e3b3d&utm_source=Cirrus+Media+Newsletters&utm_campaign=d2e1562604-Mining+Australia+Newsletter+-+201501051222&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_fe913f1856-d2e1562604-60122801

Another two milestones for Santos GLNG

Santos GLNG has achieved two major milestones this month, ensuring that the pioneering project remains on track to deliver first LNG in 2015.

Santos has reported that two key components of the project have now been completed – the final module on its two LNG processing trains, as well as the first of three major gas processing hubs in its Queensland gas fields.

The last of the 111 modules used to build the two processing trains was installed last week at the Santos GLNG gas liquefaction plant on Curtis Island near Gladstone.

Essentially big refrigerators, the LNG trains will take natural gas piped from the project’s Queensland gas fields and condense it into liquid form for shipment.

Santos GLNG General Manager Downstream Operations Brenton Hawtin explained that once the massive pieces of infrastructure are in full production, they will produce up to 7.8 million tonnes of liquefied natural gas each year.

“Final pipework and cabling on the trains will now take place before commissioning of the plant begins later this year as we look towards first LNG in 2015,” Mr Hawtin said.

Just days prior to installing the final module on the processing trains, Santos announced the completion of its first gas processing hub in its Fairview field.

The hub is now fully operational, and commissioning is progressing on target at Santos GLNG’s two other major processing hubs – a second hub in Fairview field and a third one about 30 minutes’ drive north of Roma.

Santos Vice President Queensland Trevor Brown said the significant CSG-to-LNG industry investment now underway would drive the Queensland economy over the long-term.

“This is a great story for Queensland. Santos GLNG alone is projected to deliver ongoing investment in this state of an average of $1 billion a year from 2016-2020, and an average of half a billion dollars a year after that. This means long-term jobs for Queenslanders over the next 20-30 years,” Mr Brown said.

“This adds to the $6.2 billion we’ve invested with Queensland businesses in building our project to this point, and the $200 million invested in roads, hospitals, schools, weed management, and events.

“LNG is without doubt the new shining light of the Australian economy. In just a few short years, LNG will overtake coal and become Australia’s second-largest export behind iron ore – that is a staggering statistic that demonstrates the massive investment underway today.”

Santos GLNG is a joint venture between Santos, PETRONAS, Total and KOGAS to supply liquefied natural gas to global markets.

The announcement of the project’s two latest milestones this month follows delivery of first gas into the Santos GLNG pipeline last month and the completion of hydrotesting of the second LNG storage tank on Curtis Island.

Read more http://advancewesterndowns.com.au/news-monitor/another-two-milestones-for-santos-glng

Alice Springs-Moomba gas pipeline given the go-ahead

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A planned natural gas pipeline from Alice Springs to Moomba is officially going ahead after being granted ‘major project’ status by Northern Territory Chief Minister Adam Giles.

Giles made the announcement last month at the Australia-Japan Joint Business Conference in Darwin, stating the 1,000km pipeline would avert a potential gas shortage across eastern Australia, creating jobs and economic opportunities in the Northern Territory.

The project, estimated to cost $1 billion, has Federal support, but the government has ruled out using taxpayer money to fund it. Giles is looking for ‘expressions of interest’ from the private sector to help fund it. And he’s keen to get the ball rolling, stating the pipeline needs to be operational by 2018 in order to avert an East Coast gas crisis shortage.

Giles painted the reasons for the pipeline in simple terms: “We have the gas and they have the demand, but there is currently no economically viable way to get the gas from Northern Australia to the eastern market.”

The news has been welcomed by Australian manufacturers, concerned by plans for Australia to become one of the world’s top gas exporters, even as local gas supplies are squeezed. Manufacturing Australia recently put the potential cost of export ambitions at 100,000 jobs – if no compensatory action was taken.

But the project is not without its controversy. Earlier this year, SA Energy Minister Tom Koutsantonis accused the Federal Government of supporting the pipeline in response to protest against Coal Seam Gas (CSG). Koutsantonis is in favour of greater shale gas exploration instead. As he put it: “The reality is, there’s gas in the ground close to markets.”

Whatever the outcome, the pipeline would certainly be good for jobs in the construction and gas sectors. And if Australia is serious about becoming a foremost exporter of natural gas, we must do something to ensure our own supply.

Read more http://www.miningoilgasjobs.com.au/our-blog/november-2014-(1)/nt-gas-pipeline-going-ahead.aspx

Another 1900 jobs on Santos GLNG’s proposed gas field expansion

There could be more jobs for Queenslanders in the Surat and Bowen basins.

QUEENSLANDERS have been invited to have their say on a proposed expansion of Santos GLNG’s gas field operations that could see another 1900 jobs created.

The Queensland Coordinator-General has released a draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed project and will undertake a rigorous environmental assessment of it before any decision is made.

Deputy Premier and State Development Minister Jeff Seeney said the potential expansion of Santos GLNG’s coal seam gas fields in the Surat and Bowen basins could create 1700 jobs for Queenslanders during construction and a further 200 ongoing operational jobs.

“The proposed Santos GLNG Gas Field Development Project entails the progressive development of 35 petroleum tenements covering around 11,000 square kilometres in the south-west of the state,” Mr Seeney said.

“These tenements are located across areas in the vicinity of Roma, Wallumbilla, Miles, Surat, Wandoan, Taroom, Injune and Rolleston and could lead to about 6000 production wells and necessary accompanying infrastructure being constructed progressively over the next 20 years.”

He said if the project goes ahead, it would provide considerable medium and long-term job opportunities for the region.

Read more http://www.thechronicle.com.au/news/1900-jobs-santos-gas-field-expansion/2452722/

Clough AMEC JV awarded AU$70 million Arrow Bowen Gas Project contract

8 Sept 2014 – Clough, Media Announcement

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Engineering and project services company Clough Limited, today announced that the Clough AMEC joint venture has been awarded a AU$70 million front end engineering design (FEED) contract for Arrow Energy’s proposed Bowen Gas Project in central Queensland.

The contract involves front end engineering to support the next phase of Arrow’s work to develop and commercialise its significant Bowen Basin gas reserves. The FEED scope includes engineering, procurement and contracts award for the early works.

The FEED contract will commence on 6 October 2014 and is expected to continue for up to 12 months. The work will provide employment opportunities for local engineering, technical and professional personnel.

“This important contract will extend our presence across the Queensland Coal Seam Gas sector and support the planned growth in our Engineering division, while providing an excellent opportunity to showcase the benefits of value focused Australian engineering” said Clough’s CEO and Managing Director Kevin Gallagher.

“We will work closely with Arrow Energy and our long term strategic partner AMEC, to establish strong foundations for the successful delivery of the development in the longer term.”

Arrow’s Bowen Gas Project involves a major, staged expansion of Arrow’s existing domestic coal seam gas (CSG) production in the Bowen Basin, to supply gas to the domestic market and for the production and export of liquefied natural gas (LNG).

Last month Arrow Energy announced the ramping up of its CSG project, with plans to build a 580 km CSG pipeline from its CSG fields in the Bowen Basin to its LNG plant in Gladstone.

Read more http://www.ferret.com.au/articles/news/clough-wins-arrow-bowen-basin-coal-seam-gas-contract-n2517397#RKTEVu75JukXKhVq.99

Read more http://www.clough.com.au/news-publications/company-announcements/2014/2014/09/08/clough-amec-jv-awarded-au$70-million-arrow-bowen-gas-project-contract

400 new jobs with Downer EDI on Gorgon project, Barrow Island WA

2 September 2014, Australian Mining – Cole Latimer.

Downer wins massive Gorgon contract on Barrow Island

Downer EDI has secured a $170 million contract for work at the Gorgon project on Barrow Island.

According to the company, the 12 months contract is for miscellaneous works, and includes an option to extend the period.

The contract will create approximately 400 new jobs, predominately located on Barrow Island.

The scope of the work includes structural and piping erection; mechanical installations; electrical and instrumentation services; civil works; pre-commissioning; and commissioning/start-up assistance.

The Gorgon Project is one of Australia’s single biggest developments with an estimated resource base of more than 40 trillion cubic feet of gas and a nominal development life of around 60 years.

Gorgon is expected to have an annual production capacity of 15.6 million tonnes of LNG, exporting to countries like Japan and China

But the first LNG from the project has been pushed back from the original date of 2014 to 2015 as development costs rise to $52bn, a cost blowout of $9 billion.

Read more http://www.miningaustralia.com.au/news/downer-wins-massive-gorgon-contract-on-barrow-isla?mid=90558e3b3d&utm_source=Cirrus+Media+Newsletters&utm_campaign=34e351a960-Mining+Australia+Newsletter+-+201409021229&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_fe913f1856-34e351a960-60122801