Green light for Queensland LNG pipeline

THE Queensland Government has granted environmental approval for construction of Arrow Energy’s Bowen pipeline, which will transport coal seam gas (CSG) more than 580km from the Bowen basin to the proposed Curtis Island LNG plant.
The $1 billion steel pipeline will be buried at a minimum 750mm in a 30m easement and will transport gas from 6625 wells to be built in the basin. Arrow chief executive Andrew Faulkner said the approval was another step to networking the company’s five main gas projects.
“This is welcome news for our overall project and demonstrates we’re meeting the rigorous government approvals process,” he said.
The company’s LNG plant in Queensland consists of the Surat gas project, the Bowen gas project and pipelines linking the facilities to a natural gas facility at Curtis Island. Mr Faulkner said the company would continue to employ local workers at these developments.
“Arrow currently employs about 180 staff in the Bowen Basin in our Moranbahoperations.
“Our Moranbah gas project, operated in partnership with AGL, is one of the largest domestic CSG fields in Australia, operating since 2004.
“It supplies gas to both the Moranbah and Townsville power stations and mineral refining facilities in north Queensland.”
Environment and Heritage Protection (EHP) minister Andrew Powell said the approval of the environmental impact statement (EIS) would generate 700 new jobs.
“Over the past 12 months we have consistently said we would work with industry to deliver sustainable economic development while upholding strong environmental standards and this project is a great example of that,” he said. Mr Powell said that while the EIS process was now finalised, Arrow would need to obtain some final approvals from other government agencies.
“This project will also require Federal Government approval before construction can commence,” he said.
“The buried pipeline route would cross private land, roads, railway lines, watercourses and wetlands.
“Arrow Energy has outlined a range of practices in the EIS to ensure that activities conducted across various types of terrain and land uses would deliver an acceptable environmental outcome.
“The pipeline will also require an Environmental Authority from the department which will set out enforceable environmental performance requirements during the construction and operation of the pipeline.
“These conditions would ensure commitments made in the EIS are fully implemented.”
As one of Australia’s largest energy companies, Arrow is owned by Royal Dutch Shell and Petro China both with an equal share in the joint venture.
Coal seam gas explorer Arrow is heavily involved in LNG developments in Queensland, currently supplying 20 per cent of the state’s gas.
The company has 41,500 square kilometres of CSG tenements with an estimated 70,000 petajoules of reserves.

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