Gas industry expects to employ 14,900 in Queensland by 2024

QUEENSLAND'S gas industry expects to employ 14,900 workers by 2024, or double the earlier assessments, according to research released today by Energy Skills Queensland.

It has now published its CSG to LNG Workforce Plan which includes the finding that Queensland gas developments will deliver major economic benefits, particularly for regions of Mackay, Fitzroy, Wide Bay, Western Downs, Darling Downs and Maranoa.

The industry's biggest players - Arrow Energy, Conoco Phillips, Origin Energy, Santos and QGC supplied the jobs data to ESQ.

Each are either building or seeking approval to develop sprawling gas fields in the Bowen and Surat basins and processing factories off Gladstone.

ESQ finds drillers, geologists, engineers, electrical fitters and health and safety officers will be among the most in-demand.

ESQ chief executive Glenn Porter said the report meant there was a clearer idea of the demand on contractors.

The report estimates that of the 14,900, about 85% of those will be needed in the Surat Basin, with 10% needed in Gladstone and 5% in Brisbane.