Power station approved for Ipswich

A proposed power station for Ipswich from one of the country's biggest gas suppliers is a step closer after the coordinator-general approved a material change of use (MCU) application.

EnergyAustralia has proposed a Blackstone Power Station, with the approval covering a sewer main, a section of a gas transmission pipeline and road works within the Bundamba to Swanbank State Development Area.

Minister for state development, infrastructure and planning Jeff Seeney explained that the energy company is planning to build a 1,500-megawatt power station in Swanbank-New Chum Enterprise Park - a development which would meet the increasing demands from homes and businesses across the state.

"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."

Mr Seeney lauded the project, saying that the works involved would also create more than 150 jobs.

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Posted by Callum Fleming