City cooking with gas

A GAS power station in Gladstone is still in the pipeline, but construction will be held back to coincide with completion of LNG projects.

A spokesperson for TRU energy yesterday said there were factors determining timing of construction.

One of those is securing a workforce for construction, which would be difficult while the LNG projects are under way.

"The work we are currently doing to prepare our planning application has been timed to coincide with when the Curtis Island LNG projects begin to roll off," the spokesperson said.

TRU energy and former premier Anna Bligh announced the plan last year.

"The recent focus of the project team is completing technical studies and site preparations needed to obtain a development permit," the spokesperson said.

"Specifically, this involves contract on the land (and) engineering and environmental studies."

Noise and air emissions modelling has also been done and sent to relevant government regulators for review.

The power station would be built in the Gladstone State Development Area.

Timing of the project has also been adjusted to match forecast trends in demand for electricity in the region, which have eased.