Public view pipeline plans



COMMUNITY interest in the proposed Enertrade gas pipeline has been overwhelmingly positive according to technical services manager Chris Gorham.

Enertrade held a community information session at Mt Larcom yesterday afternoon where plans for the pipeline were put on display.

Mr Gorham said the public did not raise any issues of concern, and were genuinely interested in the project.

The information afternoon was part of the environmental impact study process Enertrade must complete before the project can be approved by the state government.

Enertrade will take the display to Gracemere today for further public consultations.

The pipeline will be known as the Central Queensland Gas Pipeline and will run 440km from Moranbah in the state's northwest to Gladstone.

Mr Gorham said Entertrade was continuing with the engineering aspects of the project as well as its costings.

He said he expected to get to the financial close, which is approval to go ahead and begin construction, by September next year

Mr Gorham said once the approval was given the pipeline could be completed by 2007.

He said the project would employ 350 workers at its peak.



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