Multi-billion dollar Queensland Curtis LNG project wins approval from state government

Source: Queensland Government, Department of Mines and Energy

The Queensland State Government granted conditional approval to QGC Pty Limited's multi-billion-dollar Queensland Curtis Liquefied Natural Gas project (QCLNG) near Gladstone. 

Premier Anna Bligh confirmed today that Coordinator-General (CG) Colin Jensen had completed his review of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the BG Group-owned project and approved it with strict conditions. 

The CG's conditions included community and social benefits such as the provision of affordable housing for Gladstone and the Western Downs. 

"The Queensland Curtis LNG project could create up to 8,000 jobs and boost economic benefits in key gas fields and industrial regions," Ms Bligh said. "In addition, a plan will be developed by QGC to seek to ensure the maximum number of local and Queensland suppliers are involved in the delivery of this project.” 

"The project is expected to generate more than $6 billion a year in exports, employ up to 8,000 people during construction and 820 people during its operation,” she added. "And it would stimulate further investment in the expanding coal seam gas industry, which is steadily increasing its share of the Australian energy market." 

QGC is proposing to build the LNG liquefaction and export facility near Gladstone at North China Bay, Curtis Island. The Curtis Island facility would have an initial capacity of 8.5 million tonnes of LNG per annum (mtpa), with the potential to expand to 12 mtpa. 

The project would require expansion of QGC's gas fields and a 340-kilometer pipeline linking the gas fields to the Curtis Island facility. 

The venture is the second Queensland LNG project to get conditional approval. 

"The QCLNG project is the second on Curtis Island to have been declared under the State Development and Public Works Organisation Act, the first being Santos' Gladstone LNG, the third being Origin/ConocoPhillips Australia Pacific LNG and the fourth project is Shell Australia LNG,'' Ms Bligh said. 

QGC will have to obtain many other key environmental, production licences and safety approvals required under various state laws and as conditioned by the CG before any construction can start. 

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