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New wombat habitat not just a pipe dream

4 Apr 2014

Pipeline from Santos GLNG contractor Saipem will help the Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection establish new colonies of Northern Hairy-Nosed Wombats and protect the species from extinction.

The pipe would usually be used by Saipem in construction projects such as Santos GLNG's 420-kilometre gas transmission pipeline from the Maranoa to Gladstone, but in this case will be used to create traps and new wombat burrows.

Saipem has donated 20 segments of eight-metre long, 450mm-diameter pipe to Moggill National Park in Brisbane.

Santos GLNG Principal Ecologist Joe Adair said the donation was made after Santos GLNG heard the pipe segments would be ideal material for the wombat rehabilitation program.

"Playing a small role in assisting this native Australian species on its quest to grow its population is just one example of the how Santos GLNG is delivering real benefits to the community," Mr Adair said.

"We are told the pipes will be a great help to move the wombats safely and get them started with new burrows.

"As a proud Australian-owned and operated company, we have a proven ability to operate sustainably across multiple Queensland communities as we build a world-class gas project that will deliver benefits to the state for years to come."