LNG workers in Australia plan two-week strike

LNG workers in Australia plan two-week strike

WORKERS at Chevron’s Gorgon and Wheatstone LNG projects in Western Australia will launch more strikes amid an escalating dispute over pay and work conditions.

The two-week strike will start on September 14. The two facilities accounted for about 7 percent of global LNG supply last year.

The announcement of a strike came after almost all of the 461 employees from the Gorgon and Wheatstone sites rejected the company’s pay package proposal.

News of prolonged strike action has raised fears of disruption to LNG exports and sent European gas prices to a nearly 2-month high.

A representative from Chevron said it is now trying to find a solution for the company, its employees, and the gas market.

Research and analysis provider BloombergNEF warned that a two-week shutdown at the Gorgon and Wheatstone facilities could lower Australian output by 1.1 million tons.

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