The 60km link is complete between Queensland’s first domestic-only gas project and buyers in the hungry east coast market.
Jemena has completed the 60km pipeline that will connect Senex’s Atlas gas project to the Queensland Gas Pipeline at Wallumbilla and on to market.
“The pipeline project alone has created between 150 and 200 jobs,” Dr Lynham said.
“This is also major milestone in securing domestic gas supply and jobs for Queensland manufacturers like CSR Ltd, Orora Limited and O-I Australia.
“Manufacturers need gas as a feedstock and an energy source and the completion of this pipeline brings the Project Atlas gas one step closer to market.
“Senex’s Project Atlas is the first gas venture created by this Government’s innovative domestic market policy and Queensland continues to set the pace on gas supply and policy.”
Project Atlas is on 58 square kilometres of land the Queensland Government granted for domestic-only gas production in March 2018.
Once online Project Atlas will feed coal seam gas to Jemena’s 15 petajoule per annum gas processing facility connected to the 60km buried pipeline that will process and transport gas from Wandoan in south-west Queensland’s Surat Basin to the Wallumbilla Hub.
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First gas is expected by the end of this year.
Since 2015 the Palaszczuk Government has released more than 39,000km2 of land for gas exploration, over a fifth of it guaranteeing the gas will be for Australian consumers.
Blocks from these releases have been awarded to Senex Energy, Central Petroleum, Armour Energy, Chi Oil and Gas, Santos, Shell and APLNG.
Earlier this month the Energy Users Association of Australia (EUAA) said the Queensland Government’s domestic supply initiative was “beginning to make a material contribution to domestic gas supply.”