Thursday, April 23, 2009

Qld mulls wrapping up clean coal project

ABC News Online, Posted Thu Apr 23, 2009 1:00pm AEST

The Queensland Government has confirmed it is reviewing whether to walk away from a multi-million dollar clean coal project.

The independent Weller review of government bodies has recommended a study be done as to whether the project should be handed over to the coal industry or wound up altogether.

The project involves the construction of a low emissions power station at Stanwell, near Rockhampton in central Queensland, by 2015.

The new technology involved would see 70 per cent of emissions stored underground, but its future is now unclear.

Natural Resources Minister Stephen Robertson has told Parliament the Government is considering a recommendation to wind up ZeroGen.

"We make no apologies for ensuring taxpayer money is spent effectively," he said.

Tony Marr from the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union has criticised the decision.

"Absolutely stupid. I condemn it and I call on the Government to come out and clarify their support," he said.

The State Government says the project was unlikely to become a reality without more Federal funding.

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