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The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) told UK-based BG Group that workers at the Queensland Curtis LNG (QCLNG) plant in northeastern Australia will strike on August 7.

As many as 148 employees could stop working.

BG, the operator and majority owner of the project, said it doesn’t know the scope of the planned strike or how long it will last.

The strike hasn’t changed the first LNG prodcution date scheduled for the final quarter of 2014, BG said Friday.

BG said it will provide updates if the strike seems likely to impact the plant’s production timetable.

QCLNG has been under construction since 2010 and will be the world’s first project to turn gas from coal seams into liquefied natural gas.

It’s one of the largest infrastructure projects in Australia, with a total cost of US$20.4 billion.

The project is located on Curtis island in Queensland.

News of the strike came a day after BG posted climbing pretax profits due to its strong LNG performance.


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