Eight experts from across the energy sector will present at the upcoming Major Project Pipeline Evening in Chinchilla as part of this year’s Western Downs Major Project Pipeline event from Wednesday 18 to Thursday 19 April.

Held by the Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise (TSBE) in partnership with Western Downs Regional Council, the event aims to pull together a snapshot of major projects in Western Downs. During the event, experts will share insights about available and possible energy sources; showcase the latest technologies and job opportunities in the region.

TSBE Supply Chain General Manager Lance MacManus said it is a major coup to secure high calibre speakers and to have the addition of site visits to complement the two day event.

“We have worked with Western Downs Regional Council to secure eight leaders in the energy sector who will share their insights into major energy projects in the Western Downs as part of the special extended enterprise evening event,” said Lance.

“Not many people realise we have 10 coal and gas-fired power stations that not only provide key infrastructure to build our grid capability but also support further growth of the emerging renewable energy industry. This rapidly emerging sector is also creating more jobs for our region.”

Western Downs Regional Council Mayor Cr Paul McVeigh is a major supporter of the Enterprise Evening.

“Energy is one of the four pillars of the diverse Western Downs economy and we are currently experiencing our second surge in this sector with the renewables boom,” Cr McVeigh said.

“The Western Downs is ‘Open for Business’ and investors from Australia and overseas are choosing to bring their business here and take advantage of the ideal business conditions we have created.

“Our region has one of the lowest unemployment rates in regional Queensland and with thousands of jobs in the pipeline for approved renewables projects, as well as ongoing gas exploration and coal production, that is a trend I think we will see continuing.”

A number of industry site tours are also planned on Thursday 19 April, to give attendees an in person look at some of the projects. Experts including Rhys Turner, Tim Magoffin, Andrew Snars will attend the event.

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