Arrow plant on Curtis Island to create 4315 jobs

A CONTENTIOUS $15 billion gas plant for Curtis Island near Gladstone has been dropped into the too-hard basket by the Federal Government for another two months as it considers approval.

The coal seam gas plant from Arrow Energy, owned by energy giants Shell and PetroChina, will create 3715 construction jobs and a further 600 once operational.

It will convert CSG from pipelines stretching hundreds of kilometres from Curtis Island to both the Bowen Basin in the north-west and to the Surat Basin in the south.

Each pipeline is 470km long.

Green groups including the Australian Marine Conservation Society has praised Environment Minister Greg Hunt for the delay, but are still calling on him to reject the project outright.