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Wage demands hit big energy projects: Gray


Source: news.com.au, 27 May 2013

EXCESSIVE wage demands are threatening major energy projects in Australia, a federal Labor minister says.

Woodside Petroleum last month dumped a $45 billion liquefied natural gas project which was proposed for James Price Point, in Western Australia.

Joint venture partner Royal Dutch Shell is instead proposing a floating LNG plant, known as Prelude, which Western Australia fears could affect state royalties and local jobs.

Resources and Energy Minister Gary Gray, a former Woodside executive, says while he prefers the onshore proposal, unions need to be mindful of making unreasonable wage demands that are not linked to productivity.