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Queensland’s gas industry pumping with opening of new pipeline

Queensland’s position as Australia’s energy powerhouse has been given a boost with the official opening by Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk of the Reedy Creek Pipeline between APA’s Wallumbilla Facility and the Australia Pacific LNG (APLNG) Facility at Reedy Creek.

The Reedy Creek Pipeline is a 50-kilometre gas transmission corridor connecting the APLNG pipelines to the east coast grid.

The Premier said it allows up to 300 terajoules of gas per day to be supplied to any market on the east coast of Australia.

“APA is Australia’s largest natural gas infrastructure business operating approximately $20 billion of assets,” the Premier said.

“Given Queensland is Australia’s energy powerhouse, it comes as no surprise that APA invests more in Queensland than anywhere else in Australia.

“While other states refuse to develop their gas resources, my Government is getting on with the job of making energy more affordable for Queenslanders and for industries right across eastern Australia.

“This $80 million pipeline investment will help make gas more available and affordable for businesses in Queensland as well as Victoria and New South Wales.

“Last week, my Government earmarked a further 44,000 square kilometres of land for resources exploration, an area the size of The Netherlands.”

“We’re investing $1.16 billion through our Powering Queensland Plan, and we’ve been integral to securing $18 million in Federal funding from the Gas Acceleration Program supporting three Queensland projects to generate additional gas into the domestic market by 2020,” Premier Palaszczuk said.

“I’m delighted we’re working closely with APA, which is a long-term investor in Queensland’s energy infrastructure employing around 485 people here, because our bond is an investment in the future of Queensland.”

For more information about the Queensland’s natural resources, visit www.dnrme.qld.gov.au

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