Coke project benefits reach to Gladstone
By ALLAN McNEILallanm@gladstoneobserver.com.au
THE benefits of the $1.8 billion coal project announced in Rockhampton recently are likely to extend to Gladstone.
The project will see an expansion of the Anglo coal mine in Moura, which is part of the Gladstone Area Promotion and Development Limited's (GAPDL) area.
GAPDL general manager Danial Rochford said the Moura expansion would have flow-on effects for the Gladstone region.
The project will also see a coke (coal) manufacturing plant constructed at Stanwell near Rockhampton.
The plant is expected to result in increased export through Gladstone's port, according to Central Queensland Ports Authority (CQPA) chief executive Leo Zussino.
"The Port of Gladstone intends to develop appropriate facilities at Fisherman's Landing to enable the export from the Macarthur coke plant after a final decision to proceed with the plant is made,'' he said.
A number of different locations, including Gladstone, were investigated for the plant. However, Gladstone Economic Industry Development Board (GEIDB) chief executive Ken King said Stanwell was the obvious solution.
Mr King also said Gladstone was a potential location for any standalone plant built in the future following on from the success of the Stanwell project. Mr King said the announcement of the project was a rebound for the region after the collapse of the Australian Magnesium Corporation (AMC) plant at Stanwell less than two years ago.