May focus - Northern Territory

Posted by Design & Construct on 14-May-2016 03:03:17

In Labour Hire

Northern Territory at a glance

The Northern Territory covers about one-sixth of the Australian continent with an area of 1.35 million square kilometres, which is equal to the combined areas of France, Spain and Italy. The capital, Darwin is the smallest and most northerly of the Australian capital cities and is situated in the north-western corner of the Territory.

The Northern Territory has the lowest state populations in Australia with a current growth rate of 0.3%. The population includes people of many ethnic backgrounds as well as those of aboriginal descent. It is considered Australia's gateway to Asia and has one of the nation's fastest growing economies. The labour market is characterised by a relatively young and skilled workforce and has a low rate of unemployment.

  • In January 2016, there were 179 apprentice and trainee commencements in the Territory.
  • The training funding groups with the largest number of commencements were automotive, sales and personal service and utilities, followed by tourism and hospitality and building and construction.

Construction is the largest industry in the Territory by value of production and is also a significant employer with 12.0% of total employment.

Hard to fill jobs in the Northern Territory

Current priority occupations within the construction, engineering and infrastructure sectors are:

  • electrical engineering technician
  • welder - first class
  • electrician - general
  • air conditioning and refrigeration mechanic
  • electronic equipment trades worker
  • small engine mechanic
  • sheet metal trades worker
  • pressure welder
  • aircraft maintenance engineer - various
  • aircraft maintenance engineer - mechanical
  • fitter and turner
  • fitter - welder
  • metal machinist - first class
  • carpenter and joiner
  • glazier
  • gas fitter
  • roof plumber
  • boiler or engine operator
  • chemical plant operator
  • telecommunications - various

Mineral and hydrocarbon production have also been a major contributor to the Northern Territory's economic development; energy resources, including oil, natural gas and uranium.

Biggest in the world

The US$12.6 billion Shell Prelude floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG), is the world's first floating liquefied natural gas platform as well as the largest offshore facility ever constructed. The first production is expected later this year.

Key Facts

  • 600 engineers worked on the facility's design options
  • 200 kilometres (125 miles) is the distance from the Prelude field to the nearest land
  • 4 soccer fields laid end to end, would be shorter than the facility's deck
  • 175 Olympic-sized swimming pools could hold the same amount of liquid as the facility's storage tanks
  • 6,700 horsepower thrusters will be used to position the facility
  • 50 million litres of cold water will be drawn from the ocean every hour to help cool the natural gas
  • 6 of the largest aircraft carriers would displace the same amount of water as the facility
  • 93 metres (305 feet) is the height of the turret that runs through the facility, secured to the seabed by mooring lines
  • -162° Celsius (-260° Fahrenheit) is the temperature at which natural gas turns into LNG
  • 1/600 is the factor by which a volume of natural gas shrinks when it is turned into LNG
  • 117% of Hong Kong's annual natural gas demand could be met by the facility's annual LNG production
  • 20-25 years is the time the Prelude FLNG facility will stay at the location to develop gas fields



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