Hundreds of jobs lost on INPEX

Aerial photo of Inpex's Ichthys LNG plant site at Bladin Point.

Devastating news for hundreds of workers on the giant Inpex project on Wednesday morning, when they were given their marching orders because of a contractual dispute on the site.

It’s understood a joint venture between Kawasaki Heavy Industries and Laing O’Rourke turned nasty over the non-payment of money owed.

Reports this morning say 650 workers were stood down by Laing O’Rourke and another 200 sub contractors also lost their jobs.

The companies were contracted to build storage tanks vital to the project.

It's believed Laing O’Rourke withdrew its labour - claiming Kawasaki owe them $200 million.

It’s believed around 40 per cent of the sacked workers are locals – the rest are fly-in, fly-out.

It's not yet known what affect the dispute will have on the project.

(PHOTO: supplied by INPEX)