Australian steel fabricator AGC had to lay off 170 workers as the company completed its contracts on Chevron’s US$54 billion Gorgon LNG project.
The company’s managing director Stuart Kenny said that some 250 more jobs could be terminated as the company could not find new deals to replace the existing ones it had on Chevron’s second project, the Wheatstone LNG.
Sackings were inevitable as AGC is nearing the end of an 18-month program of fabricating sub-sea items for Gorgon project, reports PerthNow.
Under harsh criticism by the AMWU, the government said it is impossible to guarantee jobs for people in the private sector. Reg Howard-Smith, chief executive of the Chamber of Minerals and Energy added that the job losses come as a result of the resource sector’s transition from construction to operations.
LNG World News Staff; Image: Chevron