This weekend marks 30 years of operations for the Queensland Gas Pipeline (QGP).
The Jemena-owned pipeline, which was officially opened on July 25 1990, reinforced Gladstone as a thriving manufacturing region.
Speaking about the milestone, Jemena managing director Frank Tudor said the pipeline continued to play a crucial role in the Queensland and Australian economy.
“From the outset the QGP played an important role in providing reliable and affordable energy to central Queensland,” Mr Tudor said.
“The pipeline brought to life Queensland’s regional manufacturing sector, and has been delivering gas reliably to big and small businesses for 30 years.
“The pipeline has made possible many thousands of jobs, especially in regional Queensland, and its flow-on economic impacts benefit not only the rest of Queensland but all Australians.”
The QGP spans 627km connecting the Wallumbilla gas hub in south-west Queensland to large industrial gas users in Gladstone and Rockhampton.
It was developed by the Queensland Government between 1989 and 1990, and was acquired by Jemena on 4 August 2008.
Queensland Alumina Limited (QAL) was the QGP’s baseload customer and has sourced its energy from the pipeline for its entire three decades of operation.
QAL general manager Pine Pienaar said; “QAL is proud to have a long-term partnership with Jemena and recognise the contribution they provide to ensure QAL continues to operate in a safe, stable and sustainable way now and into the future.”
Jemena has invested more than $140 million since 2010 to expand the QGP, including adding new compression facilities and pipeline looping so that today the QGP is capable of transporting approximately 52 PJ/annum.