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Five Minutes With Fircroft: LNG in Australia

14/11/2013
Fircroft AustraliaClaire Webster, one of Fircroft’s Recruitment Consultants based in our Brisbane office takes us through a trip to an Australian LNG site.

There has been an unprecedented level of investment by the Australian oil and gas industry into liquefied natural gas or LNG projects. There are currently three operating sites in Western Australia and Darwin and seven others under development in these areas as well as new projects in Queensland.

It is claimed to be Australia’s fastest growing export sector with an aim to become the largest exporter in the world. Fircroft’s offices in Perth and Brisbane are perfectly placed to help supply people to roles in this new and exciting market place.   

As a current recruiter at Fircroft, I’m also proud to say that I’ve been around the oil and gas industry my whole life, as my father has worked offshore since before I was born. Whilst I was based in Aberdeen, I had a number of different jobs with various companies in the industry and often went offshore in these roles, so I am familiar with site visits which I find extremely beneficial.

Not long after relocating to Australia I was offered a position with Fircroft, a name I was familiar with, which was too good to miss. I’ve been based here for just over three years now despite the fact I was originally planning a 12 month stay. I’ve just loved it and Fircroft has enabled me to stay here for longer. I’ve recently applied for permanent residency here in Australia.

One of the best things about my role at Fircroft is the variety of jobs that I help fill and as part of this I recently took the opportunity to spend two days in the Gladstone area (north of Brisbane) to gain a better understanding of the local market. I was also meeting new and potential clients. On my second day I went to look at the QCLNG project on the stunningly beautiful Curtis Island.

The Queensland Curtis LNG (QCLNG) is the world’s first project to turn gas from coal seams into LNG. The idea behind the project is to provide cleaner hydrocarbon energy for export markets from 2014. This project involves the hiring of thousands of workers; locals, people from the rest of Australia and around the world. Fircroft is proud to be supporting the project and has already provided many contractors for various
roles.

For Fircroft and myself, it’s exciting to be involved with sourcing the right people to work on this crucial project. I always enjoy the opportunity to visit our contractors in their work locations, in order to gain a better understanding of their role. Fircroft has a number of contractors on Curtis Island who were kind enough to show me around, I especially enjoyed discussing the specialist machinery they use with them, such as the Fujikura, which is a fibre splicing mechanism.

As recruiters at Fircroft, we find these trips so helpful as we can look at our contractors’ working environments, understand more about their roles and also see the camp accommodation, where they relax in the evenings. This really gives Fircroft an edge over competitors, who haven’t seen the project as we know that we’ll be able to explain the roles that we’re hiring for in much greater detail. We’re also better able to sympathise if contractors have any issues onsite.

There are so many great opportunities available in the Australian LNG industry at the moment, there’s never been a better time to join up with it and we’re all here ready and waiting to help you. I’d recommend checking out all of the currently available roles
here.

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