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September 11, 2009 

A “clean” coal-fired power station proposed for Central Queensland has been declared a significant project by the State’s Coordinator-General, Colin Jensen.

Mr Jensen said the proponent, Galilee Power – a fully owned subsidiary of Waratah Coal, would now be required to conduct a rigorous environmental impact statement process.

“Galilee Power has proposed a 900 mega watt capacity power station, developed over two stages, to service its proposed coal mine project situated 30 kilometres north-west of Alpha in the Galilee Basin,” Mr Jensen said.

“If approved, the power station would be capable of supplying base load power into the state electricity grid and would incorporate carbon capture and storage technology to reduce emissions.

“Waste coal from the nearby mine would be used as feedstock for the plant and carbon dioxide emissions would be captured and compressed before being pumped into permanent underground storage.”

Mr Jensen said the power station formed part of an estimated $7 billion Galilee Basin development project known as ‘China First’.

“The power station component would involve initial construction expenditure of $1.25 billion, with up to 1,000 jobs expected to be generated during the three-year construction phase, as well as a further 60 permanent jobs once the plant became operational,” he said.

“This is in addition to the potential 6,000 jobs that could be created in the central west region through the Waratah’s proposed Galilee Coal mine and its associated rail and port infrastructure.”

Mr Jensen said the declaration of the power station as a significant project was not necessarily an indicator of government support for the proposal.

“The declaration of this project as significant means Galilee Power will now be required to undertake a thorough assessment that considers the project’s environmental, economic and social impacts to determine whether it is able to proceed,” Mr Jensen said.

“To achieve this, the power station would need to meet the criteria of the State Government’s Climate Q: Towards a greener Queensland strategy, which is focused on moving Queensland towards a low-carbon future.

“The first step in the process is for the Coordinator-General’s office to prepare the draft terms of reference for the environmental impact statement, which will be distributed to stakeholders and advertised for public comment in the coming months.

“It is expected that a final business plan would be completed by mid 2011.”

Galilee Power’s Initial Advice Statement for the power station project is available for viewing at: www.dip.qld.gov.au/projects

Media contact: DIP Media on 07 3224 5890