QCLNG project employees not surprised by latest job cuts

MOVING ON: Bechtel general manager Kevin Berg says staff are being re-deployed where possible.
MOVING ON: Bechtel general manager Kevin Berg says staff are being re-deployed where possible. Brenda Strong

CIVIL and mechanical workers on Bechtel's QCLNG project will be moving on with a new round of redundancies being announced this week.

Some of the workers don't seem too fazed and were aware their roles were coming to an end.

But Bechtel says where there are open positions available, employees with the required skills and experience are being offered re-deployment opportunities.

Bechtel Gladstone general manager Kevin Berg said there had been a small number of redundancies to date this year, as had been the case throughout the construction of the projects.

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"The three projects continue to move into new phases of construction which require a new range of specialist workers," he said.

"We have moved out of the civil phase and into the structural, mechanical and commissioning phases.

"Demobilisation is a common and ongoing process in construction as we move through these phases."

He said Bechtel was still actively recruiting candidates with three to five years industry experience as special-class welders, instrumentation, riggers, pipe fitters and electricians.

"We expect to maintain our peak workforce of about 11,000 employees through to the second half of the year," he said.

"Our employee numbers will gradually decrease after this time across the projects and eventually, the construction workforce will fully demobilise as the sites transition to operations."


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