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Chevron pulls crew from Australia project


Chevron Corp started withdrawing contractor workers from its Gorgon liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility on Saturday, shortly after staff went on strike at two major projects in Australia, a union coalition said.

“Chevron chartered a special flight this morning to Barrow Island to evacuate 50 blue and white collar contract crew off the Gorgon Project,” Offshore Alliance said in a Facebook post. The two sides are at odds over issues including pay, job security, rosters and rules around overtime and transfers between Chevron facilities.

“We will continue to take steps to maintain safe and reliable operations in the event of disruption at our facilities,” said a spokesperson for Chevron.

Workers at Chevron’s LNG projects in Australia started strike action on Friday after talks broke down, potentially disrupting output from facilities that account for over 5% of global supply.

No further talks were scheduled between the unions and the US energy major, according to the website of the Fair Work Commission, Australia’s industrial umpire, which had mediated five days of negotiations. Australia is the world’s biggest LNG exporter and its main buyers are in Asia.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 10th, 2023.

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