Wheatstone Jobs – Recruitment drive for 5,000 starts
Reports regarding Chevron’s $29 billion Wheatstone LNG facility say it will turn to foreign workers as a last resort as it launched a national recruitment drive to fill 5000 jobs on the project.
Interested workers encouraged to register their interest at jobcontax.com.
Commerce Minister Simon O’Brien, said the Government did not oppose EMAs, which would be needed at a number of WA resources projects, but it wanted jobs to flow first to West Australians.
“Whether or not other labour sources will be tapped in due course, who knows,” he said. “But first and foremost it’s important to this State that West Australians get all the opportunity to participate.”
The State Government has been under pressure to boost levels of local content on the State’s massive resources project. Mr O’Brien said local content on onshore projects was more than 80 per cent and 50 per cent and growing on offshore projects.
Wheatstone’s foundation project will comprise two LNG trains with a combined capacity of 8.9 million tonnes per annum, plus a 200 terajoule per day domestic gas plant. The project has approval to expand to 25 MTPA of LNG, with first LNG expected in 2016.