Comalco Stage Two gears up
THE first public signs the wheels are in motion for Stage Two of Comalco Alumina Refinery (CAR) were presented to the Gladstone City Council yesterday.
A site access plan for Stage Two was presented by the State Development and Innovation Department to council for comment. The plan included the construction of car parks to cater for an influx of up to 2000 construction workers.
While the letter to the council did not state a starting date for construction, it said Comalco had sought approval for the car park for five years.
"The duration of the Stage Two construction period is likely to be 31 months, rather than the three year (36 months) period for Stage One,'' an attachment to the letter said.
"This will be achieved through a steeper ramping up of construction activity than was possible for stage one.
"The overall maximum number of construction workers is expected to be around 2000 which is slightly less than for Stage One, but is likely to be sustained at a peak level for longer.