Plans to further develop the Galilee Basin have taken a step forward today with the release of a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Abbot Point coal port project.
The proposed expansion hopes to increase terminal capacity to 70 Mtpa, from an existing 50 Mtpa capacity, along with the construction of two additional offshore berths.
Local councils, businesses and community representatives met in Bowen where State Development Minister, Dr Anthony Lynham, announced the draft to local leaders.
“This is a milestone for the sustainable development of the Galilee Basin and the jobs and economic development it could deliver for Queenslanders,” Lynham said.
“The community can now have its say on the draft EIS with around 2400 pages of detailed investigatory information and almost 150 commitments to protect the environment.”
Abbot Point port came into operation on 25 February 1984 with output expanding almost tenfold in its 30-year history.
Contrary to the previous LNP government, the project is not to be funded by taxpayers’ money.
The proposed expansion aims to meet increased export demand.
“Importantly, any expansion at the port will be at the cost of Galilee Basin developers, including Adani, not Queensland taxpayers,” Lynham said.
“It’s then up to the Commonwealth Government, which has 40 business days to assess the EIS and deliver a final decision on the project.
“We expect these works will create around 160 jobs for at peak construction.”
The draft EIS will be available for public comment until 18 September.
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