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Transforming Queensland's economy

Since 1996, Bechtel has built nearly one-third of the world’s liquefaction capacity—more than any other contractor.

The three LNG plants under construction on Curtis Island represent the greatest concentration of Bechtel projects anywhere in the world. The construction program is part of the largest private capital investment in Australia’s history.

To help ensure access to qualified local workers to complete these mammoth projects, we partnered with national and local governments, with a commitment to target underrepresented groups in the community—workers with partially completed apprenticeships or those working in similar industries without trade certifications—and helped them complete their apprenticeships—some in less than two years. We certified electricians, welders, metal fabricators, pipe fitters, and carpenters, and we hired 400 apprentices across the projects—the largest single hiring of apprentices in the nation’s history.

Developing Australia’s indigenous workforce

We are committed to engaging Australia’s indigenous population. We participate in the Gladstone Region LNG Community Consultative Committee, a joint consultative body convened by QGC (a BG Group business), Australia Pacific LNG, and GLNG. Established in 2011, the committee serves as a key forum for dialogue between Gladstone’s indigenous community and the three LNG companies. Bechtel works directly with each project to promote employment opportunities for indigenous workers.

Currently, Bechtel has employed more than 400 Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders through direct hires and subcontractors. We are working with our customers to identify currently employed indigenous craft workers experienced in mechanical and electrical areas to transfer to post construction operational roles. Where possible, we will also identify indigenous workers for long-term roles on Bechtel projects.

Supporting local business

Acutely aware of the critical importance of these projects to Gladstone’s economy, we continue to organize and facilitate a series of business workshops geared to help current suppliers acclimate to potential new business opportunities when the projects transition from construction to operation.

In 2013, people from about 40 small businesses received training in marketing and business development, market analysis, and building customer relations. The demand for this training continues to increase, and we expect to deliver training sessions to 100 more businesses in 2014.