2000 Curtis Island jobs to go by end of the year: Bechtel

BECHTEL says it expects to cut 2000 Curtis Island jobs by the end of the year as construction of three LNG plants powers on.

The ABC reports the company has employed about 11,000 workers for the construction phase of the projects, but is expecting to cut about 2000 of those jobs in the second half of the year.

Bechtel says there have been a small number of redundancies so far this year but most of the jobs will go when the plants start producing coal seam gas into LNG for export.

QCLNG expects to start exports by the end of the year, while shipments from the GLNG and APLNG plants are due to start in 2015.

Civil and mechanical workers on Bechtel's QCLNG project will be moving on after a new round of redundancies were announced this week.

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.

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

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."