Mayor welcomes agreement on port gas pipeline

BUNDABERG Mayor Mal Forman has welcomed the announcement the State Government has entered into a development agreement with Australian Gas Networks for delivery and operation of the 28.5km Bundaberg Port gas pipeline.

"It will open up a sleeping giant, which is the port, to future development," Cr Forman said.

"I believe it is the impetus to great economic development and growth for our region

"It will create a lot of jobs."

Development Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said work would start on the 19.8 million pipeline in the first quarter of the new year.

"Construction of the pipeline will create 45 jobs including up to 15 local construction jobs," he said.

"Further, 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 they were pleased to be involved with the Queensland Government in this project, which would deliver significant economic benefits to the Bundaberg region.

"Preliminary work is already underway and pipe delivery is expected by the end of January," he said.

"A construction contract has been awarded to Zinfra to complete the construction work, and depending on the finish of the wet season, work on the pipeline is expected to start in the first quarter of 2016.

"The pipeline will have the capacity to deliver a further 0.5 terajoules of gas per day above that required to meet Knauf's needs of 1.1 terajoules of gas per day."



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