Craig McTamney is Regional Manager for Eastern Australia & PNG. Here he discusses his position in the Fircroft Brisbane office, as well as the oil and gas industry in the region.
How long have you worked in the oil and gas industry?
I have worked in the oil and gas recruitment industry for almost a decade, having started out at the Fircroft Head Office in Warrington, UK. I then went on to support the establishment of the Fircroft London office. I am now based in Brisbane, which has given me the opportunity to gain expertise and experience with resource projects from all over the world. Fircroft offered me an exciting opportunity to come and work in Queensland 4 years ago as the Business Development Manager for AsiaPac. The opportunity allowed me to further my career, whilst also allowing me to be closer to friends and family, as I am originally from New Zealand.
Queensland is a fantastic location to live and work. Some of the largest resource projects in the world are based here, but the tropical weather allows you to enjoy a range of activities outside of work all year round, such as visiting the beach or playing golf.
As a Regional Manager, I have full responsibility of the development and growth of the Brisbane office. We currently employ 15 members of staff, all of whom are responsible for supporting Eastern Australia, PNG and New Zealand.
How does the Brisbane office operate?
Fircroft is located on 116 Adelaide St in the heart of the Brisbane CBD. The office was established in 2007, and we currently have a specialised recruitment team delivering engineering and technical workforce solutions
to major clients. Our accounts team will proactively manage contracts, payroll, insurance and numerous other aspects in order to keep the process simple and seamless for contractors and clients.
The Brisbane office has diversified its client mix over the past 18 months to include a range of engineering consultancies and construction contractors. This has enhanced our capability to support our existing contractor workforce in securing their next exciting work opportunity.
What does the future hold for the oil and gas industry in Brisbane?
With over $50 billion worth of projects under construction and more investment in the pipeline, Queensland's coal seam gas (CSG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) industries remain strong and continue to be at the forefront of Queensland’s petroleum industry. Three export LNG projects based on Queensland CSG resources are under construction on Curtis Island near Gladstone, QCLNG, APLNG and GLNG.
2015 is shaping up as a massive year in the Queensland's liquefied natural gas industry, having already generated thousands of jobs through the construction phase. The industry will continue to be major employment providers once operational, with GLNG alone confirming 1900 jobs to be created in the Surat and Bowen Basin, with proposed expansion of the GLNG gas fields.
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