Workers stood down as gas industry slows

STAFF at Saxon Energy Services in Charlton have been offered redundancy packages due to a slowdown in the gas industry.

International oilfield services company Saxon Energy Services opened its base in the growing Charlton Wellcamp industrial area in June last year.

Luke Fleming from Saxon said the slowdown was due to the industry waiting for the construction of LNG plants on Curtis Island off Gladstone to be completed.

"We are going through changes in our company and we've had a few rigs stood down," he said.

"That's one of the issues in the oil and gas industry; you get ebbs and flows."

Mr Fleming said other gas companies like Weatherford and Savanna Energy Services were going through the same issues.

"Currently the company is going through a situation like others, we're waiting for the gas to go online."

He said that meant drilling would slow down over the next 12 months.

"At the moment it's just Queensland that's slowing down," he said.

"The big four companies, Origin, Santos, Queensland Gas Corporation and Arrow have mostly got the wells that they require for now."

He said the Charlton workers were being offered other jobs within the company, if they were available and had the skills.

Saxon's $2 million office and workshop in Charlton is the management base for all its operations in Queensland.

The company employs about 600 workers in Australia, with 490 in Queensland.


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