QGC stops pipeline construction for Queensland Curtis LNG project in Australia

Source: QGC Pty Limited

QGC Pty Limited has stopped work on its major gas pipeline between its Surat Basin gas fields and Gladstone because some environmental plans for soil and species management have not been approved.

QGC Senior Vice President Jim Knudsen said the company became aware on Wednesday, March 16, that the lack of approved plans might breach environmental conditions.

The company therefore ordered its contractor, MCJV, to stop work on Thursday, March 17, pending a compliance review.

“QGC yesterday advised Queensland and Commonwealth Government regulators of the potential breaches and that we had stopped work until we meet all of our obligations,” Mr Knudsen said. 

He said QGC became aware of potential breaches during an internal review after the contractor began clearing a 6-kilometer-by-40-meter right-of-way for construction of a section of pipeline near Dalby.

“We do not believe the clearing has had an adverse impact on protected plants and animals and the potential breaches do not affect the safety of people,” Mr Knudsen said. “We have stopped work because we are committed to doing the right thing, and we take seriously our obligations to meet more than 1,500 state and federal conditions on the Queensland Curtis LNG Project.”

Mr Knudsen said work would not resume until conditions were met, and the company would cooperate fully with regulators. QGC does not expect a material impact on project schedule.

The suspended pipeline work is unrelated to the connection of five wells to an underground pipeline system about 24 kilometers north of Tara. 

QGC is a leading Australian coal seam gas explorer and producer focused on developing its world-class reserves for domestic and international supply. The Australian company is developing coal seam gas in the Surat Basin of southern Queensland for domestic and export markets through its Queensland Curtis LNG (QCLNG) Project.

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