Jobs in the pipeline

A $28 million manufacturing facility that will supply pipeline systems to the Queensland's expanding Coal Seam Gas (CSG), mining and water infrastructure industries opened this month in Toowoomba.

The new 60,000 square metre facility will allow Iplex Pipelines, a division of Fletcher Building, to supply about 7,000 km of polyethylene pipe to two CSG projects - QGCs Queensland Curtis LNG and Santos GLNG.

The plant was officially opened by Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney, who noted the new employment opportunities the facility brings.

"I would also like to congratulate Iplex for choosing the Toowoomba, Darling Downs region for their new plant which will create 50 new permanent jobs," he said.

"This initial jobs figure may double as the region grows and demand increases.

"This will eventually result in a positive flow-on effect to other areas of the local economy and is an example of the economic and community benefits the CSG/LNG boom is delivering directly to the region."

Mr Seeney said Iplex had already proved its mettle, with pipe deliveries on its $120 million contract with QGC having started late last year from its factories in Townsville and Albury in New South Wales.

The company also started production of pipe and fittings for its CSG contract for the Santos GLNG project last June.

The Toowoomba facility will ease the pressure on the Iplex facilities in Townsville and Albury which have been making the several hundred kilometre journey to southern Queensland to fulfil the demand.

Iplex Pipelines General Manager for Infrastructure Kevin Kellow said the factory would use the very latest pipe extrusion technology to achieve fast and efficient production with reduced energy processes.

"In addition to day to day business, this will allow us to keep up with the demand being generated by the factory's two Queensland based CSG project supply contracts," he said.



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