Planning to train workers

By LYNDAL GAWEN

WITH $71.9 million devoted to a new generator at Stanwell Power Station, all that is needed now are the workers ? and an Environ- mental Impact Statement (EIS).

Queensland Coke and Energy is combining forces with Stanwell Power Station to create more power under a joint proposal.

The concept is that water used to cool towers at Stanwell Power Station would be reused in the quenching process at QCE's pro- posed coke plant, while the sta- tion would use gases from the plant to turn their new turbine.

Before this can happen the new $1.7 billion coke plant needs to be built at Stanwell, for which an EIS was started through the Department of State Development and Innovation in May.

If the EIS flows through with- out hindrance 1200 jobs could be created for the construction of "Stage 1'' and up to 300 new long- term jobs during operations.

Planning ahead to make sure there are enough able-bodied peo- ple around to make the dream come true are a host of industry interested organisations.

"We've got employment and training providers, Queensland Coke and Energy, Stanwell Power Station and Leighton Contrac- tors, to pool together a strategy that will mean we're able to meet the skills demand to allow the project to go ahead,'' Margaret Goody, Rockhampton Regional Development chief executive said.

A workshop that will address the issues of skills in the Rock- hampton and Central Queensland area is being planned.



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