NRG VP flew in from US to tell workers the boss is gone

AFTER more than two years at the helm of NRG Gladstone Power Station general manager John Abbott no longer works at the energy company.

Workers met after noon yesterday and were told by NRG vice president Mike Alvarado, who had flown in from America, that Mr Abbott was not their boss any more.

>>UPDATE: NRG general manager resigns 'effective immediately'


NRG GM John Abbott has resigned effective immediately.Photo Luka Kauzlaric / The Observer
NRG GM John Abbott has resigned effective immediately.Photo Luka Kauzlaric / The Observer Luka Kauzlaric


Mr Abbott also holds a position as CQUniversity chancellor after having been given the title in November last year and a university spokesman has confirmed he will continue his term.

Mr Alvarado said Mr Abbott had resigned.

"I wish to advise that John Abbott has resigned from his position as the general manager of NRGOS and will be leaving Gladstone Power Station effective immediately," a statement read.

"John's transition to retirement will enable him to dedicate his time to other interests.

"Over the past two years John has led GPS through a period of considerable change and I take this opportunity to thank John for those achievements and his contribution to GPS."

After hearing of Mr Abbott's retirement, Electrical Trade Union organiser Craig Giddins said he hoped the new general manager worked co-operatively with the workforce.

He said under Mr Abbott's tenure the company had been through a process of making people redundant and he hoped the new station manager sat down with employees and looked at a collaborative venture in the interests of the workers.

Mr Abbott's interim replacement will be manager for human resources and safety Nigel Warrington, who has worked at the power plant for two years.

Mr Abbott has a long history of working in Gladstone, having started his career as an engineering manager at Queensland Alumina Limited in 1996 before moving to Rio Tinto's Comalco alumina project for one year.

In 1999 he returned to Gladstone and worked for Orica Energy for two years before becoming Queensland Energy Resources' general manager for three years.

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