Licence Opens the Way for Gas Flow

Queensland’s first “domestic-only” gas supply moved a step closer with a licence awarded to start construction of a gas processing plant near Wandoan on the Western Downs.

The State Government has issued a petroleum facility licence allowing Jemena to build a plant to process gas from Senex Energy’s Project Atlas in the Surat Basin.

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Gas from Senex’s wells will be compressed at Jemena’s 40 terajoule/day processing plant and be transported in Jemena’s pipeline to Wallumbilla, and onward only to Australian customers.

Jemena also has a 622-kilometre pipeline bringing an additional 90 terajoules per day into Australia’s east coast gas network via Mount Isa.

The plant is part of Jemena’s $140 million Atlas gas pipeline project, which will create 150 jobs and connect Project Atlas to the Wallumbilla Gas Hub in south-west Queensland.

It will be compressed at Jemena’s 40 terajoule/day processing plant and be transported in Jemena’s pipeline to Wallumbilla, and onward only to Australian customers.

Jemena also has a 622-kilometre pipeline bringing an additional 90 terajoules per day into Australia’s east coast gas network via Mount Isa.

Jemena’s Managing Director, Frank Tudor, says the licence meant the company could now advance its jobs plan in the region.

“In the coming weeks and months, we will be holding a series of information sessions across the region to discuss the project, outline job and other opportunities, and to hear directly from the community about how they would like to be involved.”