Posted March 12, 2018 04:09:20The first big refinery in Australia will open its doors next week to fuel the country’s economic recovery.
Key points:A big refinery will be built in the state of Queensland’s Darling DownsThe state is recovering from a major oil spill in 2016The facility will generate more than 6,000 direct and indirect jobsIt will also provide a key link to the rest of the stateA massive project in the central Queensland town of Campbelltown is now on track to be completed in time for Christmas, with the state’s biggest oil spill to be cleaned up in the last decade.
The refinery, which will be known as the Darling Downs Refinery, is expected to be finished in 2019.
Key facts:The refinery is expected create nearly 6,300 direct and direct jobs, with another 2,000 in constructionThe project will provide a link to neighbouring areas in the regionKey points Queensland will be recovering from the spillThe refinery will generate about 6,200 direct and immediate jobs, while another 3,000 will be in constructionWorkers will be employed in two phasesThe refinery in Campbelltown, located in the Darling Hills region, will create more than 1,000 jobs in construction and maintenance, and will also contribute to the region’s recovery.
The project is expected for completion by the end of 2019.
“This project will be a major economic engine for Queensland,” Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.
“It will help the region and its people.”
The Darling Downs refineries are located on the Darling Peninsula and are one of the largest oil refinery in the world.
The site was originally developed in the 1980s and 1990s, but it was never used for a refinery.
Workers are expected to work at the refinery for at least four years, and the refinery will create up to 700 direct and indirectly jobs.
“The project in Campbellview will bring the state the first major refineries in Queensland,” Palaswczuk added.
“A big investment in a new project will not only provide the economic benefits for Queensland, but also create more jobs in the future.”
The refinery was originally planned to create about 1,600 direct and temporary jobs.
But it was scaled back to just 400 permanent jobs, in part because of the spill.