INPEX cuts 400 Ichthys jobs

The Ichthys onshore facility

The Ichthys onshore facility

About 400 jobs will be let go at the INPEX Ichthys LNG Project in the Northern Territory over the coming weeks, as the project’s construction winds down.

In a statement provided to Gas Today, an INPEX spokesperson said the reduction is taking place as more civil subcontracts are completed, and the Blaydin Point onshore works for the project continue to progress in the mechanical, electrical and commissioning phases of construction.

“This is a natural part of the Project cycle, where scopes of works conclude, resulting in a reduced workforce in certain areas,” the spokesperson said.

“The majority of positions being demobilised are operators and labourers.

“As civil works gradually conclude, the mechanical and electrical phase of the Project continues to ramp up, with around 8,000 people working at Blaydin Point on any given day during peak construction between late 2015 and 2016.”

Notifications and demobilisations began in the first week of August and have continued into September.

The Ichthys LNG Project is currently around 74 per cent complete, with commercial production scheduled to begin in 2016.

The project is a joint venture between INPEX, major partner Total and the Australian subsidiaries of Tokyo Gas, Osaka Gas, Chubu Electric Power and Toho Gas.

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