Strike action prompts Chevron to remove contract staff from Australian LNG project

A general view of Chevron-operated Gorgon project. Chevron/Handout via REUTERS
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Chevron has started withdrawing contract workers from its Gorgon liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant in Australia, following strikes by workers at two major projects. The dispute between the company and workers centers around issues such as pay, job security, rosters, and rules for overtime and transfers. The strike could potentially disrupt production at plants that account for over 5% of global LNG supply. No further talks between the unions and Chevron were planned, according to the website of the Fair Work Commission. This conflict has already impacted British and European gas prices as traders anticipate lower Australian supplies.

Australia is the world’s largest LNG exporter, with its main buyers being in Asia. The strike at Chevron’s Gorgon and Wheatstone plants has raised concerns about reduced Australian supply and increased competition from other sources. Chevron has stated that it will take measures to maintain safe and reliable operations during any disruptions at its facilities. The company has already chartered a special flight to evacuate 50 contract crews of workers and employees from the Gorgon Project. This situation highlights the tensions between workers and employers in the energy industry and the potential consequences for global energy markets.

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