Co-ordinator-General Barry Broe has assessed and approved the Arrow LNG plant`s environmental impact statement.
Transport, marine life, water quality and social impacts had been evaluated and the LNG project would have a range of strict construction and operating conditions.
The Federal Government now has 30 days to make its decision on the plant.
Meanwhile the State Government is presently making representations to the incoming Federal Government to reduce red tape on major projects such as this one, by dismantling the need for Commonwealth approval.
Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning, Jeff Seeney, said the massive project would provide a much needed boost to the Queensland economy. This type of project is another plus for Queenslanders looking for jobs in LNG and a further indication that the Queensland CSG-LNG sector is a jobs hotspot for the region.
“Key issues for approval of the Arrow LNG project on Curtis Island include management of hazardous operations, project transport, including transportation of workers to Curtis Island, impacts on coastal water quality and marine flora and fauna,”¯ he said.
Considering there are already three LNG production trains being built on Curtis Island at this time, EIS submissions have already been written, assessed and approved for these facilities – you would hope, further approval for the Arrow facility looks pretty promising.
Mr Seeney said the proposed facility would produce up to 18 million tonnes of LNG a year through a staged development.
Curtis Island “Pacific LNG hub”
“While Arrow still has some work to do, with financial close and CSG supply components to be finalised, it certainly reinforces Curtis Island and Gladstone as the Pacific LNG hub,” he said.
Arrow in conjunction with Shell and Petrochina, now has state government approval for three of the five components of their overall CSG to LNG project in Queensland”” the LNG plant and pipelines from both the Surat and Bowen Basins.
In construction it will require 3500 LNG jobs and about 450 jobs once stage one of the project has been reached. The second construction and development stage for the LNG project will create around 2300 construction jobs, plus a further 150 full time workers to operate the LNG plant once it is completed.
A 9km pipeline will connect the LNG plant to its network of pipes delivering coal seam gas from the Surat Basin in south-west Queensland and from the coal rich Bowen Basin to the north.
During construction, up to 1.34 million cubic metres of soil is to be dredged and moved to the mainland as Arrow develops its port infrastructure.
The project includes a gas pipeline tunnel under the harbour from Gladstone to Port Curtis, jetties and loading facilities.
Other LNG jobs Australia
The boom in demand for Australian natural gas from Asia, and the development of new sources such as coal seam gas from Queensland`s Bowen and Surat Basins, has sent export expectations soaring. Australian Pacific LNG has plans to drill 10,000 gas wells in the Bowen Basin and Surat Basin in the next 30 years.
Add to that the new technologies such as Floating LNG which will increase production and lower infrastructure costs, the future of LNG in Australia looks very promising.
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