Port pipeline ready to be laid
Preparatory work has started on the $19.8 million Bundaberg Port Gas Pipeline, with construction to start after Easter.
The 28.5 kilometre pipeline project will generate up to 15 local construction jobs and support the development of the new $70 million Knauf Plasterboard facility.
The Knauf project alone is expected to bring 200 construction jobs and 40 operational jobs to Bundaberg.
Member for Bundaberg Leanne Donaldson said the Bundaberg Port Gas Pipeline represented a significant investment in the Wide Bay-Burnett region.
“In coming weeks, construction will get underway on the gas pipeline, which will bring an accessible supply of energy to the region and be a catalyst for economic development,” she said.
“The Zinfra Group, who are undertaking construction, are using Bundaberg resources and negotiating agreements with local contractors for trades and services.”
Ms Donaldson said the Australian Gas Networks pipeline was expected to be fully commissioned and operational in early 2017.
“I am also proud to be part of a government that is exploring how to create a State Development Area around the Port of Bundaberg.
“It’s Queensland’s only other east coast trading port outside the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area and the Palaszczuk Government is working with regional councils to explore its potential as an economic hub.”