A Queensland man is set to appear in court charged with a murder committed in a jail in 1998.

A Queensland man has been charged with murdering a jail inmate 16 years ago.

The 41-year-old from Crestmead, south of Brisbane, is alleged to have killed a 25-year-old man at the Wacol correctional centre on March 26, 1998.

He has been charged with one count of murder and will appear in Brisbane Magistrates Court on Friday.