APLNG site vandals put workmates in danger: GM

 

BECHTEL general manager Kevin Berg said someone was putting their workmates at serious risk when they chose to damage instruments at the APLNG site.

The plant, which was scheduled to start flaring within coming weeks, had the glass facings of eight pressure indicators and two visual inspection ports smashed with an object over the weekend.

Mr Berg said he thought it had been done intentionally.

It was reported to police on Monday after a system check.

Detectives from the Gladstone Police Criminal Investigation Branch travelled to the island to visit the site on Tuesday to investigate.

Workplace Health and Safety inspectors are also expected to investigate.

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DETECTIVES will investigate suspected sabotage at the APLNG site on Curtis Island after it was reported to police on Monday afternoon.

It was reported at 3.30pm that glass facings on eight pressure indicators and two visual inspection ports had been damaged.

Detectives have been sent to the island this morning to investigate.

An APLNG spokesperson has confirmed the project is still on track and damage will not affect the planned schedule for exporting LNG.  

The Australia Pacific LNG project is on track for sustained production from Train 1 in the second quarter of the 2015 financial year.

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It's not the first case of suspected sabotage on Curtis Island, with Bechtel uncovering suspected sabotage on the QCLNG site in July 2013.

Gladstone Police were called to the site when Bechtel found a number of chain block lifting devices (winches) that appeared to have been tampered with.

Bechtel Gladstone general manager Kevin Berg said at the time a further investigation had prompted suspicions the equipment had been intentionally damaged.

Detective Senior Sergeant Luke Peachey said at the time a number of devices had been missing nuts.



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