CSG training could be on the horizon for many organisations in Queensland as new research reveals the extent of the state’s resources boom.
Energy Skills Queensland’s (ESQ) 2013 Queensland CSG to LNG Industry Workforce Plan found that twice as many jobs as expected will be created across the sector.
This means 15,000 people will be needed to maintain operations during the industry’s peak.
According to ESQ, major gas businesses are beginning to realise they must address potential skills shortages of the future, which may result in more interest in CSG courses.
CSG training recommendations
The plan, which was launched in Brisbane yesterday (November 5), provides proposals to the state government and industry organisations on how to best prepare for growth.
ESQ chief executive officer Glenn Porter said the research anticipates the CSG to LNG peak will occur around 2024, although the industry’s boom is expected to last more than 30 years.
“There is now a greater understanding of the required contracting workforce and updated project figures meaning the peak workforce numbers have more than doubled from original estimates,” he stated.
Statistics were compiled following contributions from leading companies in the region, with Arrow Energy, Origin Energy and Santos – among others – offering workforce data and projected staffing requirements.
There are 20 critical skills and occupations required in the industry, including drillers, engineers, health and safety officers, and instrumentation and control systems technicians.
Surat Basin CSG training requirements
ESQ said around 85 per cent of operations personnel will be needed in the Surat Basin and surrounding locales, while ten per cent and five per cent will be based in Gladstone and Brisbane respectively.
Mr Porter said: “The gap we have identified between skills demand and supply will provide industry with a list of critical occupational grouping, which will enable the industry to focus its attention and resources on strategies to meet the skills shortages we have identified.”
CSG field facilities will take up the largest proportion of new work, with positions across development, maintenance and shutdown of gas wells being created.
Nearly two-thirds of staff will be hired through supply chain contractors, while the remaining one-third are due to be employed directly by gas firms.
The report found that the CSG to LNG industry will offer a number of regional areas a financial boost.
Specific local economies expected to benefit are Mackay, Fitzroy, Wide Bay, Darling Downs, Western Downs and the Maranoa Regions.
It is vital that the government and industry continue to work together to realise these benefits, concluded Mr Porter.