March 2014, Vol. 241 No. 3


Construction Labor Needs In Booming Oil, Gas Market

Editor’s note: This is the second in a three-part series on the changing face of the oil and gas industry. It deals with growing strains on the industry as seeks ways to find and replace qualified employees in the burgeoning energy landscape. The burden on labor capacity in oil and gas construction markets worldwide is becoming increasingly well-known. These strains affect projected project costs, and several large capital projects have already been delayed or canceled (see Shell’s Louisiana GTL plant as an example) as a result of rising costs and questionable long-term profitability projections. As demand continues to rise in the face of the LNG export gold rush,

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