LNG project powers-up at Gladstone


A multi-billion dollar Shell CSG liquefied national gas project in Gladstone is awaiting approval by the Queensland Government

A multi-billion dollar Shell CSG liquefied national gas (LNG) project in Gladstone is awaiting approval by the Queensland Government.

Queensland’s Coordinator-General Colin Jensen is set to oversee a government approval process on what is being deemed a "significant project" for the State.

Jensen explains a declaration is not an indicator of government support for a project, rather it signals the start of an environmental assessment process.

"This declaration signifies the beginning of a rigorous assessment process, which will consider the project's environmental, economic and social impacts to determine whether the project is acceptable and what conditions for approval might be imposed," he says.

Infrastructure and Planning Minister Stirling Hinchcliffe says the Bligh Government is doing everything is its power to encourage Queensland’s LNG industry.

"Shell Australia and Arrow Energy have agreed to work together to investigate LNG developments in Queensland," he says.

"Up to 3,000 construction jobs could be created in one of the largest liquefied natural gas export projects proposed in Australia."

The proposed facility is on Curtis Island opposite Gladstone, utilising coal seam gas developments in the Surat and Bowen basins.

"A gas pipeline from the Gladstone City Gate to Curtis Island would supply gas to the LNG plant where it will be processed and stored prior to export to international markets," Hinchcliffe says.

"This export project will enable the creation of a world scale long term industry for Queensland generating jobs and further investments at a time when many companies are scaling back."

The Department of Infrastructure and Planning is coordinating various stakeholder interests for all of the LNG projects proposed for Gladstone.

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