|Shell boss denies job fears|
|THE WEST AUSTRALIAN|
|Thursday, 21 February 2013 08:15|
Royal Dutch Shell Australia chief Ann Pickard has moved to dispel fears over the lack of local jobs on its new floating LNG hubs, saying the "more important" maintenance and service jobs will stay local and last for up to 30 years.
Speaking on the sidelines of the Australian Oil and Gas conference in Perth yesterday, Ms Pickard dismissed the concentrated union campaign against FLNG, saying claims such as the use of Filipino workers for FLNG were incorrect.
Speaking at the conference earlier, Australian Industry Group chief Innes Wilcox said local suppliers needed to underpin the Australian oil and gas sector. Mr Wilcox gave Julia Gillard's local jobs plan, announced at the weekend, guarded support.
"This is an intensification of the existing approach to local participation, based on fostering opportunity rather than mandating outcomes," he said.
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