Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney
Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney

Power station project to boost economy

THE building of a new power station in Ipswich is one step closer after the State Government approved a vital application.

The Queensland Co-ordinator-General approved a material change of use (MCU) application for the development of the Blackstone Power Station at Swanbank.

The approval covers a section of a gas transmission pipeline, sewer main and roadworks within the Bundamba to Swanbank State Development Area.

Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney said EnergyAustralia, which proposed the plant as TRUenergy, proposed to develop the 1500 megawatt gas-fired Blackstone Power Station in Swanbank-New Chum Enterprise Park, adjacent to the development area to meet growing demand.

"I welcome the Co-ordinator-General's approval as an important step in the development and operation of the proposed power station," he said.

"Apart from being a vital source of electricity, it is anticipated that the Blackstone Power Station project will initially inject up to $400 million into the economy, with a total of $1.8 billion by project completion.

"The construction of the gas transmission pipeline, sewer main and road works will create more than 150 jobs."



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