The Bundaberg Port Gas Pipeline in Queensland is approaching a milestone with almost 75 per cent of the 28km pipeline now complete.
The $19.8 million project began construction in April 2016 and more than 18.5km of pipeline has now been laid.
Australian Gas Networks (AGN) Chief Operating Officer Andrew Staniford said, “We are delighted with the way this project continues to develop, and the important role it has played in employing local workers.
“Construction continues to progress well, while civil works have been completed at the Kensington Gate Station.
“The APA Group – which operates our gas distribution infrastructure – is working closely with local authorities and other stakeholders to minimise the impact to local businesses, residents, motorists and workers.
“The project is on track for completion and commencement of gas supply by 1 January next year.”
The project which was forecast to provide a major economic boost for the broader Bundaberg region has also maintained a 60 per cent local workforce participation rate.
A key function of the much-anticipated pipeline will be its support of the development of the new $70 million Knauf Plasterboard facility.
The pipeline has also been built to meet increased demand from potential new business and industry, and therefore assist in creating much needed further new jobs in the region.
“AGN is delighted to be playing an integral role in delivering such a significant infrastructure project to the broader Bundaberg region,” Mr Staniford said.