Gas pipeline nears reality

By LEE McIVORlmcivor@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org

ENERTRADE are moving ever closer to making the pipeline from Moranbah to Gladstone a reality.

General manager for commercial development Tim Duignan said the company has negotiated four out of the six agreements needed with traditional owners.

'We have also got 50 per cent of landowners under options to buy an easement on their properties.'

Mr Duignan said the easement would be a 30 metre wide corridor along the route.

Enertrade is one of the companies using the Bowen basin for coal seam methane.

The pipeline will stretch approximately 400 km through the heart of central Queensland and is planned to help the growing energy needs of the region, such as power stations, refineries and smelters.

Concerns had been raised over the impact of the route of the pipeline through Gladstone.

After extensive discussions it was decided the route will travel at the edge of the Powerlink corridor which borders the Toondoon Botanic Gardens.

Community information sessions have been held throughout the region to allow communities to see the plans for the pipeline. This is part of the environmental impact study process Enertrade must complete before the project can be approved by the state government.

Mr Duignan said the environmental impact study was due out in the next couple of months.



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