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    Deputy Premier, Treasurer and Minister for State Development and Trade
    The Honourable Andrew Fraser

    CopperString proposal declared Infrastructure Facility of Significance

    Deputy Premier, Treasurer and Minister for State Development and Trade
    The Honourable Andrew Fraser

    Thursday, August 25, 2011

    CopperString proposal declared Infrastructure Facility of Significance

    The proposed CopperString transmission project connecting north and north-west Queensland has been approved as an Infrastructure Facility of Significance (IFS) by the State Government.

    Treasurer and Minister for State Development Andrew Fraser today announced that the Coordinator-General had approved the proposed 1041-kilometre long, high-voltage electricity line between Woodstock near Townsville and Mount Isa be granted an IFS.

    The IFS will enable future corridor acquisition if the Coordinator-General is satisfied all reasonable attempts have been made by CopperString to acquire land by commercial negotiation.

    Mr Fraser said the proposed project had the potential to enhance the reliability of the power supply to the North West Minerals Province and open up the region’s renewable energy assets to development.

    “This type of approval can only be sought where the facility has the potential to be a genuine economic driver for the state and generate new jobs,” Mr Fraser said.

    “However, the approval of the project as an IFS does not constitute project approval, the proponent CopperString Pty Ltd and their proposal will still be subject to a parallel, rigorous assessment of the project’s environmental impact by the Coordinator-General.

    “The IFS means that CopperString now has a defined corridor within which it can refine its transmission alignment, while continuing to assess the feasibility of its plans.”

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