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PNG LNG, QCLNG, GLNG, Australia Pacific LNG, Gorgon LNG, Browse LNG, Wheatstone LNG, Pluto LNG, Ichthys LNG, it’s never ending. So what’s all the fuss over LNG and how can you benefit from it?
What is LNG?
It’s natural gas in liquid form, hence LNG. They convert the gas into liquid because it then takes up about 1/600th of the space, making it affordable and practical for storage and transport. Mostly consisting of methane with a few other hydrocarbon gases and impurities thrown in the mix natural gas is captured in a number of ways, as a by product of oil, from underground rock formations and from coal seams. Natural gas or gas is marketed as a cleaner energy than the alternatives and is commonly used in electrical power generation, for domestic use and for transportation. All of which the demand for is increasing in line with the worlds growing population. See where this is going?
The LNG boom
When you cross the increasing demand for cleaner energy and energy as a whole with rising oil prices and an increase in more affordable LNG technology, this is what happens. There are some pretty big numbers and commitments getting thrown around, both in terms of capital spending and job numbers regarding LNG developments. This in turn has helped play a part in creating the current nation wide skills shortage we are hearing about more and more. For example speaking to a site supervisor lately, he was saying if WA took all the skilled labour from the eastern states they would still be something like 60,000 workers short. We have no confirmation of this, but it just gives you an idea of the size of what’s going on with LNG and the coming opportunities for blue collar workers.
Where is the LNG boom?
The LNG boom is having ripple effects throughout Australia, from capital cities to smaller regional towns. But the main epicenters are focused in three locations, Gladstone (QLD), North Western Australia and Darwin. This is where all the pipelines are running to, where the LNG plants are being constructed and where all the ships will leave from. Other infrastructure projects to meet the demands of the LNG boom such as pipelines, Coal Seam Gas (CSG) plants and the like are also spreading throughout surrounding regions.
How do you get in on it?
To turn natural gas to LNG they need to construct and operate LNG plants, they need you to build and maintain them and they are paying pretty damn good dollars for you to do so.
As always we recommend your first point of call to get in on any blue collar work around Australia is to register with us at www.cribhut.com.au have the luxury of your own virtual personal assistant and enjoy having jobs come to you, no more resumes, a personal ticket vault and ticket expiry notification. On top of this we are going to be running around the country hassling the best employers to make sure our workers get the pick of the jobs.
At Cribhut we are aiming to be your one stop shop, but at the same time, we want to make sure you don’t miss out on any opportunities that get by us. To ensure this, we have made a list of Australia’s major projects under the above jobs tab, provided brief bio’s on each project and where we could find it, a link to any employment portals. We will try to keep this as up to date as possible, so if we are missing any please let us know.
Will the boom burst?
In short, who knows. Many of the LNG plants going to construction have already signed contracts for the sale of their LNG for the first five or more years but with so many all going ahead at once there is becoming a bit of a world gas glut, so again, who knows.
Working in this industry we have all seen it before, you just have to take the good with the bad and make the most of it while it’s rolling. Being workers ourselves we know how the uncertainty feels and will work our arses off to keep jobs coming at our members and keep you up to date with what we see and hear around the traps. Saying that, at the moment it looks as if blue collar workers may be in for a pretty good ride for a while to come yet.
Disclaimer: Cribhut provides this information with the best intentions, but purely as a guide. Like most things in life, there are no guarantees. Your lively hood is your own responsibility and even if following the above recommendations, it is still up to you to do your own research, to be patient, persistent and put in the hard work.