22 March 2005 – Australia’s Origin Energy has moved forward with its plan to build a 1000 MW gas fired power station at Spring Gully, 80km north-east of Roma, with the release by the Queensland Department of State Development and Innovation of the draft Terms of Reference.
This is the first stage in the formal assessment process and follows the declaration on 22 December 2004 by the Queensland Government of the Power Station as a significant project and on which an Environment Impact Statement (EIS) would be required. The Terms of Reference provides the framework against which the project will be assessed.
A public consultation process will now take place and an Environment Impact Statement (EIS) will be undertaken on behalf of the Government.
Origin Energy’s General Manager Public & Government Affairs Tony Wood said “It is planned to construct the power station in two 500 MW stages, with the initial 500 MW stage likely to come on line during 2008. “It is anticipated that around 30 full time positions could be created by the project, as well as between 200 to 400 people during the construction phase.”
The Power Station, if it proceeds, would be supplied with natural gas from central Queensland’s large world-class reserves of coal seam gas. Origin Energy is also developing these reserves.