#Gas power plant still on track for Queensland
Despite some confusion today, a gas power plant is still on track to be built in Gladstone, The Observer reported.
The announcement last year by former premier Anna Bligh that a $1.8 billion gas power plant would be built in the State Development Area near Yarwun was hailed as a smart move.
Not only would it safeguard the region’s energy supply as demand grows from industry, it would also make use of central Queensland’s gas boom and produce 50 percent less carbon emissions than a coal power plant.
The minister for water and energy supply Mark McArdle today visited Gladstone and said the new LNP government was "not ruling anything in or out" when it came to gas power plants in Queensland.
He said it was important to ensure the needs of the community and environment were weighed up against the benefits of a gas power plant.
TRUenergy said today its plans for the $1.8 billion plant were moving along well and they had met with Mr McArdle a few weeks earlier to discuss its progress.
"TRUenergy is moving ahead with plans to develop two new efficient gas power stations in Queensland to meet projected increases in energy demand," a TRUenergy spokesperson said.
"We are in the initial stages of planning and permitting the Gladstone project, which is in an ideal location to provide a secure energy supply for the growing industrial sector in that area."
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