In the ‘How to get a job 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.
The Gorgon LNG Project – Barrow Island Overview
From the Chevron Australia website
Gorgon – An Emerging Australian Icon
Gorgon is a story of energy and the environment as well as technology and expertise. It is one of the world’s largest natural gas projects and the largest single resource natural gas project in Australia’s history. The Gorgon Project will develop the Gorgon and Jansz/Io gas fields, located within the Greater Gorgon area, about 130 kilometres off the north-west coast of Western Australia. It includes the construction of a 15 million tonne per annum (MTPA) Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) plant on Barrow Island and a domestic gas plant with the capacity to provide 300 terajoules per day to supply gas to Western Australia. Gorgon LNG will be off loaded via a four kilometre long loading jetty for transport to international markets. The domestic gas will be piped to the Western Australian mainland.
A Symbol of Australia’s Progress for Decades
The complexity and sheer scale of Gorgon is unprecedented. To us, it is a modern-day equivalent of Australia’s iconic Snowy Mountains Hydro Electric Scheme – a long-term, technically complex energy development signifying a dramatic advancement of engineering. And by applying the energy we have most in abundance – Human Energy – and combining it with world-class technology and expertise, we’re confident of realising our vision. Scouring the world, we’ve brought together the best and brightest of the industry. Together, we’re building Australia’s largest single resources project, which in turn can be broken down into the country’s largest sub-sea project and a world leader in carbon dioxide injection technology.
Energy Fuelling Economic Growth
Gorgon will be an important pillar of the Australian economy for more than 40 years. Economic benefits from the first 30 years of the initial project scope,according to ACIL Tasman will include a projected AU$64 billion boost to Australia’s Gross Domestic Product and direct and indirect employment of around 10,000 people at peak construction. Australian businesses also will benefit with many contractor opportunities.
From The Gorgon Jobs website
The Gorgon Project will develop the Greater Gorgon Area gas fields, located about 130 kilometres off the north-west coast of Western Australia.
It includes the construction of a 15 million tonne per annum LNG plant on Barrow Island and a domestic gas plant with the capacity to provide 300 terajoules per day to supply gas to Western Australia.
Construction at Gorgon began in late 2009 and is expected to take around five years to complete.
The Gorgon Project will provide thousands of direct and indirect employment opportunities. This official recruitment site is dedicated to connecting job seekers with the contractors associated with the construction of the Gorgon Project.
Location Profile – Port Hedland, Karratha & Pilbara
Port Hedland, Newman, Ningaloo Reef, Onslow, Karratha, Millstream Chichester National Park, Dampier, Mackeral Islands, Tom Price, Pilbara, Karijini National Park, Marble Bar, Rudall River National Park, Iron Ore, Rail, Port, Natural Gas, Salt, Manganese, Fishing, Snorkelling, Diving, 4×4, Skate parks, Tennis, Cricket, Soccer, Hockey, AFL, Swimming, Gorges, Hiking, Boating, Adventure
Population: 48,610 (2010) ABS
Pilbara Region – Rents as at Jan 2012
2 Bed 1 Bath - $950 – $1600
3 Bed 1 Bath - $1100 – $ 2300
4 Bed 2 Bath – $ 1450 – $ 3000
Pilbara Region - House Prices as at Jan 2012
2 Bed 1 Bath - $310,000 – $759,000
3 Bed 1 Bath - $395,000 – $1.150,000
4 Bed 2 Bath – $490,000 – $2.700,000
|Climate data for Port Hedland Airport|
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|Record low °C||18.1||16.3||15.8||12.2||7.0||4.7||3.2||3.7||7.7||11.1||12.4||16.6||3.2|
|Avg. Rainfall mm||62.2||94.8||50.1||22.4||27.0||20.7||11.1||4.9||1.3||0.9||2.7||18.1||316.3|
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Companies Involved – From the Gorgon LNG Jobs website – Contractor Profiles
Below are contractors associated with the construction of the Gorgon Project. By clicking on a contractor you will be taken to their profile which includes information on their scope of work employment opportunities and contact details.
- Agility Project Logistics
- CBI Constructors Pty Ltd
- Ertech Pty Ltd
- Fugro Spatial Solutions Pty Ltd
- John Holland
- Laing O’Rourke Construction
- Leighton Contractors Pty Ltd
- Mammoet Australia
- Mermaid Marine Australia Ltd
- Monadelphous Engineering Associates
- Offshore Marine Services Alliance Pty Ltd
- Saipem Leighton Gorgon Consortium
- Sinclair Knight Merz Pty Ltd
- Thiess Pty Ltd
- Toll Energy Logistics Pty Ltd
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Occupations Required – From the Gorgon LNG Jobs website – Gorgon Contractor Roles
Gorgon contractors will be hiring a range of positions over the life of the Gorgon Project. Listed here are the position types currently being used on the project. By applying for one of these roles your details will be made available to the contractor organisations so they may consider your details as part of their recruitment processes. You should check back here regularly as these roles will change as the positions required by contractors on the project change.
- Electrical Trades
- Mechanical Trades
- Building Trades
- Mobile Plant Operator / Truck Driver
- Catering Staff
- Crane Operators
- Labourer / Trades Assistant
- Metal Trades
- Health & Safety
Qualifications to help you get a foot in at Gorgon LNG Project
- Relevant Trade Qualifications and / or WA 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/Scaffolding tickets
- CPR and 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
Gorgon LNG Project 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.
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.
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