LNG training program graduates Dan Fleetwood, Dave Coates and James Masters.
LNG training program graduates Dan Fleetwood, Dave Coates and James Masters. Contributed

Trainees finish course ready for career as LNG technicians

THE first intake of students has graduated from a Gladstone-based training program this week, marking the beginning of their journey as operations technicians for the Australia Pacific LNG project.

With more than half of the 20 trainees from Gladstone, the foundation program is a five-month intensive course covering the fundamentals of hydrocarbon principles and LNG processing.

They have all been hired by ConocoPhillips, APLNG's operator, to start working on Curtis Island once the site becomes operational in 2015.

Education and Training Minister John-Paul Langbroek launched the training program as a unique partnership between ConocoPhillips, Central Queensland Institute of TAFE, the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology and Petroskills.

ConocoPhillips East president Warwick King said the five-month training program was designed to help upskill workers in an emerging industry, as well as support local employment.

"It's terrific to see our first intake of employees graduating today from an LNG training program delivered here in Gladstone," he said.

"Over half of the group is from Gladstone, which is testament to our commitment to provide career paths for local people wishing to pursue a career in LNG."

In July he said the course was essential to help the trainees learn key aspects of the major bits of equipment in the industry.

Recruitment for Australia Pacific LNG operations technicians and support staff will continue through 2014.

Operational workers:

  • APLNG needs 120
  • GLNG needs 160
  • QCLNG needs 160
  • All three companies say they've hired more than half of the workers they will need.
  • At least half of the workers hired are from the Gladstone area.