CONSTRUCTION work has started on the $19.8 million Bundaberg Port gas oipeline, designed to support the development of the new $70 million Knauf Plasterboard facility.

The 28 kilometre pipeline is being built by Australian Gas Networks under contract to the Queensland government, with company chief operating officer Andrew Staniford saying the company was delighted to be delivering infrastructure to the Bundaberg region.

“Construction of the pipeline is now well and truly underway, and will take about six months to complete followed by tie-ins to facilities and gas commissioning,” he said.

“Everything is on target for the pipeline to be commissioned and fully operational in December.”

Mr Staniford said up to 50 jobs will be created at the peak of the pipeline’s construction, including from the local workforce.

“Crucially, not only will the pipeline have the capacity to deliver a further 0.7 terajoules of gas per day above that required to meet Knauf ’s needs, it also has the potential to fuel new business and industry, and create further new jobs in the area – and that is exciting news for the region,” he said.