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Bechtel Update - Training for the Curtis Island GLNG Project

Pinnacle provides training for Bechtel in a range of custom-designed courses, including Confined Space Entry and Work at Heights. We also provide Vertical Rescue and Advanced Vertical Rescue training for Bechtel’s Emergency Rescue Teams and expect to be providing Fire Team Operations training in the not too distant future. In 2012, the majority of this training was conducted at our custom-built training facility in Roseanna Street, Gladstone, however the demand for on-site training on Curtis Island has increased significantly in 2013 and we’re meeting this requirement.

Currently, our training is for QGC (the BG Group - Queensland Gas Company), but the GLNG (Santos) site is progressing well and we expect training for this division to start in the second quarter of 2013. Training for APLNG (Asia Pacific LNG) should come online towards the end of 2013.

A bit about Bechtel…

Bechtel is a multinational company which provides engineering, construction and project management services across energy, transportation, communications, mining, oil and gas, and government services with projects that span the globe. Bechtel is currently contracted to provide engineering, procurement and construction services for the development of the Gladstone LNG project, which involves building a $16 billion liquefied natural gas processing plant in Queensland, Australia. The Gladstone LNG (GLNG) project will feature two liquefaction trains with a combined capacity of 7.8 million tons of LNG per year. The project will create up to 6,000 jobs. Bechtel has a zero harm policy and Pinnacle is pleased to be helping them achieve their safety goals.

Pinnacle Gladstone

Pinnacle’s Gladstone facility was set up primarily to service the LNG Projects, and specifically Bechtel’s construction teams. Since its inception, we have also provided training for several other customers, including Boyne Smelter, QAL, Gladstone Area Water Board, Rio Tinto Yarwun, Gladstone City Council and Orica. In addition to this, Pinnacle Safety and Training has also provided on-site training for McMahons and some rope access work for Boral Cement on Curtis Island.

To date, Pinnacle has trained over 900 Bechtel staff and we expect that this amount will increase dramatically over the 2013-14 period as more projects ramp up.

About the Gas Pipeline Project - Curtis Island

The Santos GLNG Project is a world first, converting coal seam natural gas (CSG), or coal bed methane as it is sometimes referred to, to liquefied natural gas (LNG) for export to global markets. The first exports are predicted for the 2014 financial year. Coal seam natural gas is considered a cleaner energy source and fuel for the future. Based in Queensland, Australia, the project involves developing gas fields from the Bowen and Surat Basins in South-Western Queensland, and will transport the gas via a 420km underground pipeline to an LNG plant on Curtis Island, off the coastline of Gladstone. This groundbreaking US$16 billion project is a joint venture between Santos and three of the world’s largest LNG companies: PETRONAS, Total and KOGAS.

The GLNG Project involves:

  • Expanding coal seam gas production in the Surat and Bowen basins in Queensland
  • Building a 420km one-metre (42”) diameter buried natural gas pipeline from the gas fields to Gladstone
  • Constructing a natural gas liquefaction plant on Curtis Island, Gladstone.

I found the course easy to follow and enjoyable.

Graeme C. - Harvey, WA

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