PetroLMI report focuses on workforce and skills required for an emerging LNG sector in Canada

A new report released today, The LNG Opportunity in Canada: Employment Prospects and Requirements, sheds light on the workforce required for liquified natural gas (LNG) projects in Canada, in particular, the occupations and skills that would be in demand to operate these facilities.

Changing technologies, new trends and different ways of operating and conducting business are all impacting Canada’s energy industry, and, this is true of an emerging LNG sector, says the report by PetroLMI, a division of Energy Safety Canada.  

The key to maintaining a successful career in any industry that has embarked on a significant transition, such as the one that Canada’s oil and gas industry is undergoing, is to recognize and capitalize on the opportunities that come with change.

While the events of recent months have delayed or deferred decisions on some proposed LNG projects, these projects present opportunities for the future. Those interested in a career in this industry sector could benefit from starting to prepare for it. The development of LNG to export internationally from Canada’s coastlines will create employment and provide business opportunities across a spectrum of other industries.

Carol Howes, Vice President of Communications and PetroLMI, Energy Safety Canada.

The LNG Opportunity in Canada: Employment Prospects and Requirements outlines some planned and proposed LNG projects and focuses on the operations and maintenance jobs that would be required once the liquefaction plants and associated port facilities are up and running. This includes the potential size and makeup of the workforce, as well as detailed profiles of specific occupations with their required skills and qualifications. 

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An emerging LNG sector is poised to play a role in Canada’s economic recovery and growth, with a typical plant operation directly employing 200 to 350 workers. Each project will also create thousands of indirect jobs to support the development of the natural gas supply and in construction and other industries that supply goods and services, such as repair maintenance, waste management, truck transportation, security and professional, scientific and technical services.  

Post-secondary students and institutions, new graduates, industry associations, and workers looking to make a transition from other sectors of the oil and gas industry or other industries (e.g., agriculture, construction, manufacturing, mining and utilities), can benefit from this information.  

The LNG Opportunity in Canada: Employment Prospects and Requirements was funded by the Government of Canada’s Sectoral Initiatives Program. 

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