140 employees on Woodside’s Pluto LNG project go on strike

12/18/2009

140 employees on Woodside’s Pluto LNG project go on strike

Employees from Total Marine Services working on Woodside Petroleum’s Pluto LNG project will go on strike for 48 hours starting December 18, Zoe Reynolds, a spokeswoman for Maritime Union of Australia, said December 17.

The strike will end December 19 at midnight. After a two-day break the next strike will begin December 22 and stop December 23 at midnight, Reynolds said. Around 140 maritime workers will take part in the strike and about 25 ships will be affected by the strike, the spokeswoman said.

This is the second strike at the Pluto LNG project this month. More than half of the project’s 3,500 workers went on strike for two days in early December against a system that would require them to change accommodation every month. Woodside is currently constructing the first Pluto liquefaction train, with a capacity of 4.3 million mt/year at, Karratha on the Burrup Peninsula.

The Pluto LNG project is owned 90% by Woodside and 10% by Japanese LNG customers Tokyo Gas and Kansai Electric.

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