Opportunities for apprenticeships in Ipswich could receive a boost, after the proposed Blackstone Power Station development reached a major milestone this week.
Deputy premier Jeff Seeney said the coordinator-general has approved a material change of use (MCU) application for the EnergyAustralia project, which covers a gas transmission pipeline, road works and a sewer main.
Lauding the recent approval, Mr Seeney said the development of a 1,500 megawatt gas-fired facility in Swanbank-New Chum Enterprise Park will help support Queensland’s growing energy demands.
“I welcome the coordinator-general’s approval of the MCU application as an important step in the development and operation of the proposed power station,” Mr Seeney explained.
“Apart from being a vital source of electricity, it is anticipated that the Blackstone Power Station project will initially inject up to $400 million into the economy, with a total of $1.8 billion by project completion.”
The deputy premier went on to say that the energy facility will generate more than 150 jobs for Queenslanders in the construction field alone.
The MCU application covers 1.2 kilometres of a nine kilometre underground gas transmission pipeline, a 1.2 kilometre underground sewer main and vital road works associated with the facility’s construction.