QGC Pty Limited has spent more than A$1 million with local tradespeople and suppliers in refurbishing the old Observer newspaper building as its new Gladstone operations office.
Local builder Paul Capuano led a team of 35 tradespeople from the Gladstone area including plasterers, electricians, plumbers, joiners, carpet-layers and air-conditioning experts on the four-month project to renovate 27 Goondoon Street.
White goods, window fittings and landscaping supplies were also bought locally. The office was officially opened in a ceremony today.
The two-level office, designed for up to 90 people, will support operations at the liquefied natural gas plant being constructed on Curtis Island as part of the Queensland Curtis LNG Project.
QGC Operations Director Walter Simpson said QGC had made a priority of engaging the expertise of local contractors and suppliers as much as practicable.
“This is in line with our approach to construction and operation of QCLNG,” Mr Simpson said.
“We’re committed to providing local, Queensland and Australian suppliers with full, fair and reasonable opportunity to participate in QCLNG.
“This is a commitment embedded in our major contracts and has resulted in more than A$1 billion worth of contracts being awarded in the Gladstone region.”
QGC announced in June 2012 that it had spent nearly A$8 billion since the start of 2010 developing QCLNG and its domestic gas business, with about 74% of it spent in Australia and 59% in Queensland.
QGC’s main Gladstone office and public information centre remains at 72 Goondoon Street.
LNG World News Staff, September 7, 2012