A new marine operations terminal will be constructed on Gladstone Port Corporation land, expected to generate more than 100 local jobs.
The $17 million LNG facility, with investment from both Gladstone Liquefied Natural Gas (GLNG) and Queensland Curtis Liquefied Natural Gas (QCLNG), will cut down ferry transportation times to Curtis Island, the Gladstone Observer reports, and support both operations.
Contracting company Goldings is undertaking the construction, which is set for completion by May next year.
Gladstone Ports Corporation CEO Peter O’Sullivan welcomed the corporations’ decision to to lease the port for the new facility.
“The port land on which the facility will be constructed provides a good location in terms of proximity to Curtis Island, with adequate protection from tides and currents that may impact transit operations,” he said.
QLD ports minister Bailey said the operation was the “result of great collaboration between the LNG operators and the port”.
Gladstone MP Glenn Butcher also supported the new facility, saying it was the type of investment the region needed.
“I know local tradies are looking for construction jobs right now and this delivers that opportunity as well as permanent employment in its ongoing operation,” he said.