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Hundreds of jobs in pipeline

AGN pipes leaving Brisbane headed for Bundaberg. Photo: contributed
AGN pipes leaving Brisbane headed for Bundaberg. Photo: contributed contributed

PIPES for the Port of Bundaberg gas pipeline are finally on their way from Brisbane.

The pipes will be used to construct the $19.8 million, 28.5km Bundaberg Port Gas Pipeline to Bundaberg.

The high-pressure gas pipes that will form the much-anticipated pipeline yesterday started their near-400km journey from Brisbane.

About 1900 lengths of piping - each 15.3mand bundled in packs of 10 - were despatched from the Port of Brisbane by trucks bound for Bundaberg.

The pipes arrived in Australia late last month and have been thoroughly examined in preparation for transportation.

The multi-million-dollar project is part of a development agreement between the Queensland Government and Australian Gas Networks (AGN) - the country's largest gas distribution company - for the delivery and operation of the pipeline.

The Queensland Government has estimated the project's construction would create 45 jobs, including about 15 local construction jobs.

The pipeline will support the development of the new $70 million Knauf Plasterboard facility, which is expected to deliver 200 construction jobs and 40 operational jobs.

AGN's chief operating officer Andrew Staniford, said this major infrastructure project, which was expected to deliver significant economic benefits to the Bundaberg region, was progressing well.

"Initial pipeline construction - which will be undertaken by the Zinfra Group and overseen by AGN's long-term operator, APA Group - is expected to commence in mid-March and take about six months to complete," he said.

"Once that happens, tie-ins to station facilities will occur followed by commissioning and handover for operation, which is expected to occur in December."

Mr Staniford said not only would the pipeline have the capacity to deliver 0.7 terrajoules of gas per day above that required to meet Knauf's needs of 925 terrajoules per day, it also had the potential to fuel new businesses and industries, and create further additional jobs in the area.

The pipeline is expected to be operational in early 2017 and is set to be the catalyst for further job creation in the Wide Bay and Burnett.

Mr Staniford said transportation of the 2000-odd pipes to Bundaberg would take about a week to complete, with up to five trucks a day making the journey from the Port of Brisbane to AGN's Kensington Gate Station at Bundaberg.

Work has also started at the port of the Knauf plasterboard factory.

Work on the factory started about two weeks ago.

Topics:  employment, gas pipeline port, port of bundaberg




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