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    Minister for Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe

    Earthworks planning underway for Gladstone corridor

    Minister for Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe

    Thursday, November 19, 2009

    Earthworks planning underway for Gladstone corridor

    The next stage of the $20 million project to build a 22-kilometre strategic pipeline and services corridor for the future industries of Gladstone is underway.

    Expressions of interest were advertised on Wednesday for earthworks for the eastern nine-kilometre section, from Gladstone Port to the Aldoga Estate, of the proposed pipeline.

    Minister for Infrastructure and Planning Stirling Hinchliffe said this work was a key step in creating the Gladstone State Development Area Services Corridor.

    “This is the crucial segment that we need to construct first, and we can then add to it as the need arises,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

    “It’s planned that the $2.98 million worth of design and planning for the entire 22-kilometre corridor will be finished before next June.

    “This pipeline and services corridor will deliver a strategic infrastructure link and surety of access for industry in the Gladstone State Development Area.

    “The $20 million construction project will employ up to 40 people in 2010.

    “The corridor is up to 130 metres wide and will accommodate pipelines associated with future projects including the Rio Tinto Yarwun Alumina Refinery expansion, the Surat to Gladstone gas pipeline, and the Stanwell Gladstone Water Pipeline.

    “The pipelines will carry potable, sewer and sea water, and slurry and gas.”

    All land required for the corridor is owned by the state or by Gladstone Ports Corporation.

    Interested parties can go to the Queensland Government Marketplace website http://www.qgm.qld.gov.au/03_tenders/index.htm and click on Current Tenders.

    Expressions of interest must be lodged by 4pm, Friday, 4 December 2009.

    Media contact: Minister Hinchliffe’s office, 3227 8750

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