Banana Shire Mayor John Hooper and Origin project manager for pipelines Graeme Hogarth discuss the site of the new rail siding.
Banana Shire Mayor John Hooper and Origin project manager for pipelines Graeme Hogarth discuss the site of the new rail siding. CONTRIBUTED

Rail siding cuts traffic

AUSTRALIA Pacific LNG has announced another milestone in its CSG to LNG project with the start of construction of a rail siding at Callide to minimise traffic movement in and around Gladstone when pipe delivery begins in January 2012.

QR National's wholly owned subsidiary QR National Network Services has been awarded a multi-million dollar contract to construct a 730m-long operational siding track adjacent to the Callide stockpile and lay down area.

The new rail infrastructure will enable the transportation of about 40,000 lengths of pipe from Gladstone Port to staging areas along the route over a 12 month period.

The pipe will then be trucked to key sites along the main transmission pipeline route.

Australia Pacific LNG project director, Page Maxson, said the decision to build the new rail infrastructure had resulted from consultation with surrounding communities and local council.

Mr Maxson said it was in line with the commitments and conditions imposed by the Co-ordinator General.

"We have incorporated a rail component into our project's traffic management strategy and are committed to minimising impacts on our surrounding communities and infrastructure," he said.

"The Callide rail siding will effectively remove about 10,000 heavy vehicle movements from the Gladstone and surrounding traffic corridor. "The pipeline is a critical component of the project acting as a transmission line to carry CSG from the gas fields to Curtis Island in Gladstone, where it will be processed for export to international markets.

"By transporting our pipe by rail to Callide, it can then be seamlessly transported to other locations along the proposed pipeline route."

Origin project manager for pipelines, Graeme Hogarth, said he was pleased to be working with QR National Network Services given their network and experience.

"We will benefit from their experience in operating in key supply chains across the country," Mr Hogarth said.

QR National Network Services started civil works for the construction of the rail siding project in late August.

The project is on-schedule for completion on October 30.

The Australia Pacific LNG project includes development of existing coal seam gas fields in the Surat and Bowen basins and construction of a gas transmission pipeline from the gas fields to the LNG plant to be developed at Gladstone.


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