THE growth of Queensland's LNG industry is driving demand for trade-qualified workers, with operations like the Santos GLNG Project requiring thousands of employees through the construction phase alone.

The Santos project, which will see gas from fields in the Bowen and Surat Basins transported via a 420km underground pipeline to an LNG plant on Curtis Island, off Gladstone, will employ more than 6,000 people at its construction peak, a workforce that CEO GLNG Operations Mark Macfarlane said Santos was focussed on developing in conjunction with local communities.

"The Santos GLNG Project is working to build a future industry for Queensland, which is set to make it one of the largest LNG producers and exporters in the world," Mr Macfarlane said.

"With our construction activity increasing rapidly, we now have over 3500 people working on our project.

"At the peak of our construction phase, we will employ more than 6000 people on our project, with 1000 ongoing jobs required to run our LNG export operations from 2015.

"These people need to have the specific skills required to become part of our team. "That's why we are working closely with government, industry bodies and training centres to create opportunities for local people to gain the skills needed to join the industry."

Mr Macfarlane said Santos was actively involved in training and up-skilling tradespeople and apprentices to ensure the workforce was appropriately skilled to deliver the $16 billion project.

"We are currently involved in more than 20 training and skills programs and partnerships to help people gain the skills they need to work in the CSG to LNG industry," he said.

"These programs range from university and school-based training programs, to up-skilling tradespeople and taking on new apprentices of all ages.

"One of the best examples of this is our partnership with SkillsTech Australia, which has seen the establishment of a CSG specific training centre in Brisbane where we have already started training more than 40 people who've come from different trade backgrounds to gain employment with us in our gas fields." 

For more information about the Santos GLNG Project, and to explore current employment opportunities, visit www.glng.com.au



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