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    Minister for Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe

    New State Development Area for LNG Superhighway

    Minister for Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe

    Thursday, October 08, 2009

    New State Development Area for LNG Superhighway


    Minister for Infrastructure and Planning Stirling Hinchliffe has announced the State’s eighth state development area (SDA) to facilitate construction of the ‘gas super-highway’ needed to kick-start the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) industry in Queensland.

    The 44km long Callide Infrastructure Corridor SDA lays the foundations for the massive pipeline needed for coal seam gas producers to pipe their product from the Surat Basin to Gladstone.

    Mr Hinchliffe said acquiring the corridor for the pipeline had been a key election commitment with $30 million set aside for the necessary acquisitions.

    “This corridor will run from the Calliope Range to the Gladstone SDA, where major LNG production and export facilities are being proposed for Curtis Island,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

    “The beauty of a single multi-user corridor is that it allows the co-location of up to eight underground gas pipelines, so both landowners and proponents know exactly where they stand.

    “We said this would happen during the election and since then the State Government has been working with the LNG project proponents and stakeholders on the best route for underground gas pipelines.

    “A thriving LNG industry has the potential to create thousands of jobs at gas fields right across our Surat and Bowen Basins and in Gladstone and the surrounding regions.

    “The construction of each pipeline will create up to 1200 jobs and construction could start as early as 2011,” he said.

    “Construction of the Curtis Island LNG facilities could also start in 2011 and it is estimated that up to 6,000 workers will be employed during construction of the first stages.”

    Mr Hinchliffe said the detailed planning undertaken since the election means only 10 private landowners will be affected by the new SDA, along with a few parcels of state and council-owned land.

    “Negotiations will be held with affected landowners regarding acquiring the land as easements,” he said.

    “Once the underground pipelines are in place, then cattle grazing and other non-intrusive rural activities will be able to resume.”

    He said the 44km long corridor was generally around 200m wide although in specific areas where environmental, geographic and construction issues exist, the corridor is wider for pipe separation and construction purposes.

    “The SDA has already taken into account the vegetation and terrain and addressed landholder concerns such as potential impacts on farm activities,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

    “This long-term planning not only safeguards this land from inappropriate uses but provides greater certainty about approval processes to LNG project proponents and landholders.”

    The Queensland Curtis LNG, Australia Pacific LNG, GLNG and Surat Gladstone Pipeline projects plan to use the common infrastructure corridor.

    The Callide Infrastructure Corridor SDA (CICSDA) development scheme has also been approved. The development scheme allows the Coordinator-General to manage land uses in the CICSDA and consider any developments.

    Each proponent would still have to lodge detailed plans for their pipeline with the Coordinator-General before any development approval could be given.

    The State will compensate landowners then recover those costs through license arrangements with each of the proponents, making the corridor cost-neutral.

    It is anticipated that a medium size LNG industry – 28 million tonnes per annum – would result in the creation of 18 000 direct and indirect jobs in Queensland.

    Media contact: Minister Hinchliffe’s office; 3224 8750