Nickel project running hot

By DARRYN NUFER

CENTRAL Queensland's job prospects are running hot. Yesterday a proposed $1.3 billion nickel and cobalt metal refinery became the second major project in as many days to gain "significant project'' status from the Queensland Government.

Premier Peter Beattie made the announcement during day two of Parliament in Rockhampton. It paves the way for Gladstone Pacific Nickel to begin an environmental impact study for its proposed Yarwun refinery. Mr Beattie said the project had the potential to create 700 direct jobs during construction and a further 350 direct jobs once fully operational.

It follows Tuesday's announcement regarding the $1.8 billion Wiggins Island Coal Terminal.

That project ? which when developed would make Gladstone Port the biggest coal export facility in the world ? would create 500 construction jobs and 125 new operational jobs.



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