In the ‘How to get a start at …….’ series we are going to be running over Australian Mining and Construction projects all over the country. In each post we will include an Overview of the project, a Location Profile, the Companies involved, the Occupations required, the skills / qualifications that will help you to get your foot in the door and the Enterprise Bargaining Agreements. This will help you to stay in the loop and know how to skill up where needed. The aim is to help you get yourself into the best position to land a start on the major sites and projects around Australia.
About the APLNG Upstream Gas Gathering and Water Treatment Project
From the APLNG Website
Australia Pacific LNG has awarded Leighton Contractors two major multi-million dollar contracts to build key gas and water infrastructure as part of the project’s first phase of coal seam gas (CSG) development. Combined, the contracts are worth $800 million and will create almost 1,000 direct construction jobs.
Australia Pacific LNG Chairman and Origin Managing Director Grant King said the announcement was evidence of the continued momentum of the Australia Pacific LNG project.
“Australia Pacific LNG continues to meet major milestones in the development of our CSG to LNG project. The awarding of these contracts represents a significant investment and will create jobs, as well as generate considerable flow-on benefits throughout the Queensland economy,” Mr King said.
Australia Pacific LNG CEO Page Maxson said the commencement of these key infrastructure construction contracts would play an important role in ensuring the delivery of first gas in 2015.
The contracts will involve the construction of gathering systems which collect the water and gas produced from individual wells for processing, and the construction of water treatment facilities.
From the Leighton Contractors Website
Leighton Contractors will deliver $800million worth of gas and water infrastructure across rural and central Queensland after having been awarded two key contracts by Australia Pacific LNG.
A $450million gas gathering system south of Miles in Central Queensland and the $350million contract to construct Water Treatment Facilities at Condabri Central, Talinga and Reedy Creek, near Roma in Central Queensland, will see almost 1,000 people employed across these vital projects.
Craig Laslett, Managing Director, Leighton Contractors, said the company was proud to be involved in these significant projects which were a real investment in Queensland.
“Partnering with Australia Pacific LNG to deliver this important infrastructure in central Queensland will bring a combination of Leighton Contractors’ world class gas and infrastructure capabilities, as well as our vast experience in environmental management and community engagement.
“At peak production it is anticipated Leighton Contractors will employ approximately 375 people on the gas gathering project and a further 580 people on the water treatment facilities, adding to the 1,800 people we employ in Central Queensland’s Bowen Basin through our coal mining operations,” Mr Laslett said.
The gas gathering system and water treatment facilities are part of Australia Pacific LNG’s multi-billion dollar, world-class coal seam gas (CSG) to liquefied natural gas (LNG) export project.
Under the gas gathering system contract, Leighton Contractors’ scope of works includes the installation, reinstatement and testing of approximately 1,220km poly welded pipeline,1,730km fibre optic and power cables, and well head equipment.
Under the water treatment facilities contract, Leighton Contractors will be responsible for the bulk earthworks, installation of sub-grades and underground services, construction of permanent roadways, grading and drainage, construction of sediment ponds, water storage and feed ponds, as well as the construction of the facility water treatment plants.
Early works for the gas gathering system will commence immediately with construction scheduled for completion mid 2015. Onsite construction activities for the water treatment facilities will commence in July 2012 and are scheduled for completion in November 2013.
Location Profile – Toowoomba & Darling Downs
Toowoomba, Surat Basin, Dalby, Chinchilla, Miles, Bunya Mountains, Farming, Coal, Agriculture, CSG, Power Stations, Hunting, National Parks, Country Pubs, Moto X, Trail Riding, Wineries, Inland Fishing, 4×4, Camping, Bushwalking, Boating, Canoeing
Population (Region): 250,000 est (2012)
Toowoomba Greater Region – Rents as at May 2012
2 Bed 1 Bath – $ 165 – $ 325
3 Bed 1 Bath – $ 185 – $ 425
4 Bed 2 Bath – $ 280 – $ 1000
Toowoomba Greater Region – House Prices as at May 2012
2 Bed 1 Bath – $ 150,000 – $ 330,000
3 Bed 1 Bath – $ 150,000 – $ 455,000
4 Bed 2 Bath – $ 250,000 – $ 3.300,000
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Companies Involved with the APLNG Upstream Gas Gathering and Water Treatment Project
Leighton Contractors – Gas Gathering System contract scope of works includes the installation, reinstatement and testing of approximately 1,220km poly welded pipeline,1,730km fibre optic and power cables, and well head equipment.
Water Treatment Facilities contract, scope of works include the bulk earthworks, installation of sub-grades and underground services, construction of permanent roadways, grading and drainage, construction of sediment ponds, water storage and feed ponds, as well as the construction of the facility water treatment plants.
Occupations Required at the APLNG Upstream Gas Gathering and Water Treatment Project
- Electrical Trades
- Mechanical Trades
- Building Trades
- Mobile Plant Operator / Truck Driver
- Crane Operators
- Labourer / Trades Assistant
- Metal Trades
- Health & Safety
Qualifications to help you get a foot in at the APLNG Upstream Gas Gathering and Water Treatment Project
- Relevant Trade Qualifications and / or QLD Licences
- Occupational Health and Safety – Construction Induction (White Card)
- Australian Drivers Licences
- High Risk Work Licence for any required plant, eg. EWP, Forklifts, Mobile Crane, Loaders.
- Safely Working at Heights for EWP workers
- Ability to pass Medical including Drug and Alcohol screening
- Dogging/Rigging Tickets
- First Aid Certificate
Interstate Licence Recognition
A helpful tool to finding out whether your trade qualification needs mutual recognition when working interstate.
Check out the Cribhut Daily post – Thinking about Working Interstate – Licence Recognition
APLNG Project Union Greenfields Enterprise Bargaining Agreements
An Enterprise Bargaining Agreement (EBA) is a collective industrial agreement between either an employer and a trade union acting on behalf of employees or an employer and employees acting for themselves.
Leighton Contractors Pty Limited Australia Pacific LNG (Curtis Island) Project Union Greenfield Agreement 2011-2015
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