How to get a job at the Gorgon LNG Project – Barrow Island WA

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 Regional Council Link

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
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C 49.0 48.2 45.9 42.4 38.8 35.5 34.4 36.8 42.2 46.9 47.4 47.9 49.0
Average high °C 36.4 36.2 36.7 35.2 30.6 27.6 27.2 29.1 32.3 34.8 36.2 36.6 33.2
Average low °C 25.6 25.5 24.5 21.4 17.2 14.2 12.3 13.2 15.4 18.4 21.3 24.0 19.4
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
Avg.Rainy days 5.1 7.3 4.5 2.0 3.1 3.0 2.2 1.2 1.0 0.8 0.6 1.8 32.6
Source: www.bom.gov.au

For more info on camp life and working conditions etc follow this link

 

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.

Cribhut Insights - For the latest announcements, Major Project, Shut-down and Even-time roster jobs

 

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.

 

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’s and Forklifts
  • Safely Working at Heights for EWP workers
  • Ability to pass Medical including Drug and Alcohol screening

 

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.

Boom Logistics Ltd – CFMEU – Gorgon Project Greenfields Agreement 2010

CBI Constructors Pty Ltd – AMWU – Gorgon Project – Barrow Island Greenfields Agreement 2010

CBI Constructors Pty Ltd – AWU – Gorgon Project – Barrow Island Greenfields Agreement 2010

CBI Constructors Pty Ltd – CFMEU – Gorgon Project – Barrow Island Greenfields Agreement 2010

Cimeco Pty Ltd – CFMEU – Gorgon Project – Barrow Island Greenfields Agreement 2010

Drilling and Grouting Services Pty Ltd – CFMEU – Gorgon Project – Barrow Island Greenfields Agreement 2011

Kentz E&C Pty Ltd – Gorgon Project – Barrow Island Agreement 2011

Kentz Pty Ltd – CEPU Gorgon Project – Barrow Island Greenfields Agreement 2012

Killarnee Civil & Concrete Contractors Pty Ltd – AWU – Gorgon Project – Barrow Island Greenfields Agreement 2010

Killarnee Civil & Concrete Contractors Pty Ltd – CFMEU – Gorgon Project – Barrow Island Greenfields Agreement 2010

Meales Concrete Pumping (Q’ld) Pty Ltd – AWU – Gorgon Project – Barrow Island Greenfields Agreement 2011

Meales Concrete Pumping (Q’ld) Pty Ltd – CFMEU – Gorgon Project – Barrow Island Greenfields Agreement 2010

Thiess Kentz Pty Ltd Gorgon Project Barrow Island Greenfields Agreement 2009

Thiess Pty Ltd – AWU – Gorgon Project – Barrow Island Greenfields Agreement 2010

Thiess Pty Ltd – CFMEU – Gorgon Project – Barrow Island Greenfields Agreement 2010

Thiess Pty Ltd – Gorgon Project-Barrow Island Greenfields Agreement 2009

 

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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Cheers!

Cribhut Insights

 

49 thoughts on “How to get a job at the Gorgon LNG Project – Barrow Island WA

  1. thank you for all adresess which you provide for the people which one seeking for work

  2. Hey Warren,
    I’m not sure if you’ve signed up to Cribhut yet and are taking advantage of the free service we provide workers?
    That’s obviously one way to find jobs,
    Ulternatively,if you’re a qualified rigger/scaffolder you shouldn’t have much problem finding some work on these larger projects.

    Hey Wes,
    Thats no worries at all, it can hard to find where to apply for work on the bigger projects, through their portals.
    We’re just happy to help out mate.

    Enjoy your weekends lads
    Cheers
    Owen

  3. Hey all
    I’m after getting an offer of employment on gorgan building the tanks( I’m a boilermaker). Any body able to tell me what I’m getting myself in for?

  4. Qualified Carpenter with over 15 years experience who holds relevant tickets and liscences extremely keen to work on projects like on Barrow Island. Hard working and reliable. Have applied everywhere online but so far no luck. Any suggestions?????

    • Hey Andrew,

      Without knowing too much about your experience and where the project is at in terms of completion, it’s hard to say.
      A couple of things though, first concerns your address that you have entered. Most projects will hire locally before they have to FIFO from the other side of the country.
      Secondly, some career portals have special little tricks to them. Try logging into your profile every week or two, I know on some portals this can refresh your profie and put it to the top of the pile again. Note – I’m not sure if this applies to the Barrow Island portal or not.

      Apart from that mate, if you can contact the HR Staff and introduce yourself, let them know your keen and qualified.
      Do you know anybody that is on the projet that can throw your name to there Supervisor?

      I hope this helps out Andrew. (I have also replied to your email)

      Cheers,

      Owen @ Cribhut

  5. THANKS CRIBHUT AND ALL POSTS

    I AM WORKING AT YANDI (Pilbara) FOR LINKFORCE ENGINEERING A
    GREAT COMPANY, GREAT CREW.

    CHEERS

    PENGUIN

  6. I.m an electrician located in Melb, originally from W.A. keen to get on this project, I’m 57, but in great condition with no ailments, would my age be looked at unfavorably. Heaps of experience and not keen to stay in Melb ie want to relocate to Perth.

    • G’day GEZ,

      Cribhut doesn’t have any ties to recruitment on this project so I can’t speak for any of the companies. But, I doubt that your age would be an issue mate.
      If you have the experience that they require I’m sure you’ll be in with a good shot. Give the HR Staff a call from the companies that your interested in applying with and introduce yourself.

      Good luck!

      Cheers,

      Owen

  7. CAN ANY ONE TELL ME OF ANY (fifo)INDUSTRIAL PAINTING POSITIONS ON THE BARROW ISL GORGON PROJECT , I LOVE THIS TYPE OF WORK .
    CHEERS….

    • Hey Fredo,

      I like your enthusiasm. Mate, your best bet would be to contact all of the applicable companies listed above under ‘Companies Involved – From the Gorgon Jobs website – Contractor Profiles’. Start with the main contractors and give them each a ring. If they don’t hire ‘Industrial Painters’ ask them who does. It is possible that some smaller sub-contractors have the contracts for that kind of work. All the best with it!

      Cheers,

      Wade @ Cribhut

  8. Can anyone help?
    I am a recently qualified Trainer and Assessor looking for FIFO position.
    Have several years experience in the field as well as extensive Administration background.

    • Hey Isa,

      Are you looking for work on the Barrow Island project?
      If so, I’d give their HR a call. There is a link to the companies that are involved about half way down the article.

      Cheers,

      Owen @ Cribhut

  9. I am currently working for Zenq> Great mob to work for although present project is only for 4 to 6 months. I am there fore hoping to get on the Gorgon project cheers

  10. Hi Owen,

    I’m currently working with BHP in HR.I have quite a bit of FIFO experience and am very interested in this project.Do you have any idea if there are many positions available and if so who would be my best bet?

    • Hey Tash,

      At this stage none of the larger companies that have been awarded work on the Gorgon project are using http://www.cribhut.com.au to recruit Blue Collar workers, so I can’t comment.
      About half way down the post there is a list of companies that have been awarded work on the project, and links to their websites. Your best bet is to call up their heead offices, introduce yourself and let them know you’re looking for work.

      I hope that helps, goodluck!

      Owen @ Cribhut

      • Ta for that help owen i hope to get a job on the borrow island project. I think you need to have some one that works there to get a foot in the door. I have 11 licences GI card and i can not get in yet.

        • I;m currently working on barrow been about 12 months
          only because i new someone every one i spoke to new someone some of the large companys have 11,000 applicants on file so your name has to be brought up or be very consistant with several companys

          • Hey Stompa,

            You’re spot on mate! Knowing someone always helps get the initial start. Once you have a good name and the experience to go with it (couple of years) you can pretty well land a good gig anywhere though.
            How’s it all gogin over there… Been a little bit gusty lately with all the cyclones?

            Cheers,

            Owen @ Cribhut

  11. Hey guys ,
    I’m looking for work in the insulation/sheetmetal area , any ideas on where there is lagging jobs at the moment?

  12. G’day virg,
    I was hoping you could flick me an email for companies hiring experieced carpenters.
    Cheers Buddy.

    • Hey Byron,

      Sorry but I’m not sure if Virg will see your comment at all, as I have already replied to Virg via email.
      Mate, I’m not sure if you noticed but about half way down the article, there is a list of companies that have been awarded work on this project. The company names are actually links through to the scope of work they have on the project.

      This should help you out.

      Cheers,

      Owen @ Cribhut

  13. Hey guys, I’m a 29 yo Irish electrician waiting to get my A grade licence. I trying to get trade assistant work on a mining project. Any help is much appreciated.

    • Hey Dave,

      Happy St Patty’s day for the weekend mate! I haven’t had a great deal to do with Overseas qualifications but When you say you’re waiting to get your A grade Licence, are you saying you have already applied to obtain recognition? The best bet would be to try and land a start as a qualified Sparky but if that’s a while away the TA position you have mentioned won’t be too far off the trades payrate anyway.

      First of all it’s really important to have a well structured resume that is relevant to the position you’re applying for, here’s a link to an article to help out :
      http://www.cribhutdaily.com.au/2013/01/23/how-to-structure-your-resume/

      Generally for TA positions they are not going to fly you across the country, so having a local address can also help.

      If you haven’t looked into gaining your Australian Electrical Licence, the National Apprenticeships Program will be a good place to start, here’s a link to an article :
      http://www.cribhutdaily.com.au/2013/03/13/national-apprenticeships-program-for-adult-apprentices/

      There’s also free downloadable Kickstart Guide to help break into the Resources Industry:
      http://www.cribhutdaily.com.au/resources/kickstart/

      I hope that helps you out mate!

      Cheers,

      Owen @ Cribhut

  14. G’day, I’d love to pick up one of the Trades Assistant – Electrical – FIFO position’s on offer, but I have no experience.

    I’m a 34 year old professional in the process of exploring a career change. Taking into account exactly what it is that I’d look for in a job, I’ve decided I’d love to pursue a career as an electrician. However, after speaking to a number of different companies in regards to adult apprenticeships, they have suggested I take on an electrical trade assistance position that would help me gain relevant experience. That’s when i came across information online about Project Gorgon, hence finding my way to this forum.

    So what do people think my chances are?

    • Hey Dan,

      Thanks for the comment mate! These types of questions are pretty broad and can be hard to answer. Here goes…It can be done, but it will be pretty hard if you have no relevant experience in any Blue Collar industries. Although it may seem easy to land a start with the media always talking about thousands of workers required, but the trth is it takes people a long time to break into these projects. My piece of advice is get all your ducks in a row. Gain at least a years experience in a similar field/position. Have a really smicko resume to get the recruiters attention and have great references to go with it.

      I’ll point you towards the Cribhut Kickstart Guide, we put it together to help people with there decision on getting a job in the resources industry, all of the above information is in here plus alot more advice :
      http://www.cribhutdaily.com.au/resources/kickstart/

      There’s also tips to help build a resue on Cribhut Daily, here’s a link :
      http://www.cribhutdaily.com.au/2013/01/23/how-to-structure-your-resume/

      Don’t be down hearted at all, you never know your luck! You can still apply for the positions through the relevant companies career portals and gain experience while your waiting for the call from the HR team. In each major project article there’s a list of all companies that have work on the project and their scope of work.
      The company names are also links to their websites. If you click through on this link and then find their ‘careers’ section, you’ll be able to register your interest for work here.

      Good Luck Dan!

      Owen @ Cribhut

  15. hi guys, I am currently in adelaide working as a chiipy/steelfixer!! Seriously want to get my foot in the door in this Barrow Island project. Im a 27 yr old Irish guy, Physically fit an a v hard worker, use to working 11-12 hour days, 7 days a week.. Willing to do anything out there, labour, chippy, steel, anything at all. Any comments with info would be really appreciated.. Thanks..

    • Hey Barry,

      No worries mate! To get a look in on these projects you really need to start with a well structured, job specific resume.
      It mightn’t seem a big deal but the recruiters have a huge task on their hands sorting through the thousands of applicants and if your application isn’t spot on there’s a good chance you’ll miss out. Only do what the job advertisement says. So, if they require cover letter and resume, definitely do both. It’s these little touches that make all the difference.

      Have a read through these article :
      http://www.cribhutdaily.com.au/2013/01/23/how-to-structure-your-resume/
      http://www.cribhutdaily.com.au/2012/09/26/got-skills-and-experience-but-still-cant-get-a-start-3-tips-from-a-recruiter/

      After you have applied for the job, every weeek or so log back into the relevant career portal to refresh your status.

      Most companies requirements from Candidates :

      Have at least 3 years heavy industry relative work experience
      Have recognised Australian Trade Certifications
      Have recognised Australian qualifications
      The Right to work in Australia unrestricted
      Demonstrated commitment to safety
      The ability to undergo a pre-employment medical

      The other thing I recommend is to cover all bases and apply for all relevant jobs across all of the different construction sites. The Barrow Island job might have its intake of Steelfixers covered but you never know if the Jimblebar Mine Project or the any others are hiring.

      Good Luck!

      Cheers,

      Owen @ Cribhut

  16. Hello,

    27 year old Irish Mechanical Engineer just arrived in Perth looking to start on the Barrow Island I have mainly Pharmaceutical expierience but looking to move into Oil/Gas sector.

    Any advice would be great

  17. Hello,

    I have applied for Accommodation & Facilities Supervisor’s job through “Be a part of something big” completed safety & cognitive test’s in Jan,2013, not received any further information, please update.

    Thanks
    regofrancis@yahoo.co.in

    • Hey Francis,

      Cribhut doesn’t actually have any ties with the recruitment on this project, instead we provide information for Blue Collar workers to easily access. It can be hard to find all the relevant information for these projects. You will to contact the ‘Be part of something big’ HR team and enquire with them.

      Good Luck mate!

      Owen @ Cribhut

  18. Hello! My partner and i are trying to find mining work together in australia. We are currently living in perth but are willing to move anywhere in australia whenever in order to gain employment together. It can be either fifo work or we are willing to relocate, not picky on what work we do. Does anyone have any advice for a fit couple willing to do whatever it takes to gain work together in the mines. Cheers :) jenn : j3nn_xo@hotmail.com

    • Hey Mark,

      I have passed the question onto a Cribhut Delo that works over there. I’ll let you know as soon as he gets back to me.

      Cheers,

      Owen @ Cribhut

  19. Ive applied for every FIFO job around over the last 2 years. never had one phone call back. these idiots need to remove there job adds as soon as the position is filled instead of waiting untill they get 2000 aplications. these companys are making out theres lots of work out there…… BULLSHIT Australia is about to go into ression due to the chineese and us markets

    • G’day Hard Ozzy,

      I’m assuming you’re talking about getting a gig on one of the large construction projects?
      Cribhut has a free to down load Kickstart Guide to help people break into the resources industry. There’s loads of handy tips and tricks to help you get a start.
      Click through on the link provided to check out the Cribhut Kickstart Guide, http://www.cribhutdaily.com.au/resources/kickstart/
      Work your way through and if you have any questions once you have finished, flick me back an email.

      Cheers,

      Owen @ Cribhut

  20. Hey guys

    I am a qualified Refrigeration Mechanic returning to Aus after a working holiday overseas. I have a few years FIFO experience with mining and camp maintenance so was wondering who looks after the air conditioning/refrigeration side of things on Barrow Island?

    Cheers
    Steve

    • Hey Steve,

      I hope you had a tip top working holdiay mate. I’ll give one of the Cribhut Delo’s a call in WA, he’ll be able to point us in the right direction.

      Let you know as soon as I hear something.

      Cheers,

      Owen @ Cribhut

  21. Hi everyone…

    Im looking to get onto this project. Either on Barrow Island or any FIFO work in the Pilbara.

    I have HR driving license and would ideally like to get onto the Dump Trucks.
    I am currently a Senior Graphic Designer in the city and have a degree in Multi media Design.

    If anyone knows of anyone that could use my skills, Id be very appreciative…

    Cheers

    James

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