The QCLNG site on Curtis Island.
The QCLNG site on Curtis Island. David Sparkes

QGC's Curtis Island gas project hired 1500 new workers

IN JUST six months, a sprawling gas project on Curtis Island off Gladstone hired more than 1500 workers, an average of eight recruits each day.

Gas powerhouse QGC released the figures as it submitted its latest progress report to the Queensland Coordinator-General.

As of September, QGC's Queensland Curtis LNG project had been fed $8.7 billion.

Up to $6.9 billion of this was spent with Queensland businesses.

In total, QCLNG is expected to cost roughly $20 billion to develop.

QGC managing director Derek Fisher said more than 90,600 Australian businesses had offered to work with QGC since 2010 with 28,900 delivering expressions of interest between April and September this year.

The massive undertaking by QGC - which is owned by the BG Group - includes 540km of underground pipelines that will funnel coal seam gas from the Surat Basin west of Toowoomba into Gladstone for processing.

The Curtis Island plants are forecast to be exporting LNG from 2014.