Former Linc engineer levels explosive claims against firm

A FORMER Linc Energy engineer claims the underground coal gasification plant at Chinchilla was built using sub-standard equipment, the ABC reports.

Mechanical engineer Dennis Orford's witnesses statement to the Queensland Environment Department reportedly claims the plant was built using cheap, unsafe and illegal equipment.

In the statement obtained by the ABC which it reported this morning, Mr Orford claims Linc had "no serous intention to produce fuel but was instead attempting to manipulate the stock market".

Linc is facing criminal charges brought by the Environment Department over allegations the company caused serious environmental harm and polluted up to 320sq km of agricultural land at Hopeland at Chinchilla.

Linc has denied the charges and intends to fight them in court.

The claims by Mr Orford, an experienced mechanical engineer, who reportedly oversaw the procurement of above-ground equipment and told investigators none of the equipment complied with Australian standards.

He claims he was fired by Linc after registering concerns with management.

Linc founder Peter Bond, in a statement to the ABC, denied Mr Orford's allegations and said the equipment, sourced from South Africa, had been independently verified.

Read more at the ABC.

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