Public get say on gas project
ANOTHER proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) project is going through the same process as the Surat to Gladstone LNG project.
A second round of environmental impact statement (EIS) community consultations was held this week from Roma through Miles, Chinchilla, Taroom, Biloela and Gladstone for the Australia Pacific LNG project.
The project is a 50/50 joint venture between Origin and Conoco Phillips to deliver a coal seam gas to LNG project.
Origin's EIS and stakeholder manager Ken Horton said the consultations would give community members an opportunity to make enquiries and voice their concerns about the project.
He said the EIS was a document identifying and assessing the potential environmental, social and economic impacts of the project in its phases.
Mr Horton said the APLNG project would generate significant benefits at regional, state and national levels.
There would be $35 billion invested up to 2020, with 4000-5000 jobs created during the peak construction phase from the gas fields, pipeline and LNG plant.
Between 800-1000 jobs would be created during the construction of the pipeline.
“There would be expenditure in regional economies through the purchase and use of local resources, where practicable, for the construction and operation of the plant.”
Mr Horton, who met with Banana Shire Council on Friday morning before the Biloela consultation, said they estimated the draft EIS would go to the Co-ordinator-General early in the first quarter next year.