$1.7b Western Downs Queensland coal seam gas project

Queensland $1.7b coal seam gas development gets go-ahead

1,600 new gas jobs for Queensland workers

$1.7 billion Western Downs Queensland coal seam gas project to commence.

With its Chinese partners China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) and Tokyo Gas Australia (TGA), QGC will develop its Charlie Fields, west of Wandoan.

There are plans to many new jobs in the gas sector in Queensland as the company embarks on an impressive 400 well development program, as well as building compression stations and of courses an intricate network of pipelines to connect the CSG wells to the main pipeline to Curtis Island.

The Curtis LNG (QCLNG) project at Gladstone has been developed over the last few years and created thousands of construction jobs. The 3 LNG trains that have been built have already started to produce LPG (converted from coal seam gas), which is headed for Asian markets.

Developing Asian export markets could make Australia the biggest LPG exported in the world – far ahead of it’s middle east counterparts. In a statement, QCG made note of the fact that the LPG produced from the Western Downs areas could be used to supply domestic markets here in Australia.

1,600 gas and construction jobs for Queenslanders

QGC said the two-year project could mean up to 1,600 construction jobs for Queensland.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk was ‘over the moon’ at the new QGC CSG field development announcement.

“As the LNG industry in Queensland moves from the construction phase to the operational phase, there have been fewer jobs in the industry than there were in the boom years,” she said.

“QGC’s announcement today that they are investing another $1.7 billion in this industry is a welcome boost to the Queensland economy that will support 1,600 jobs.

“It shows that we have the right policy settings in Queensland and businesses such as QGC are confident in investing in our state.”

LNG exports were projected to hit $15 billion by 2016-17

Queensland Minister for Mines Anthony Lynham said Queensland’s LNG exports were projected to hit $15 billion by 2016-17; which equated to valuable export dollars and annual royalties to the QLD government, whilst creating thousands of jobs for Queensland,” he said.

“By 2018, Queensland could be the world’s fourth largest LNG exporter and by the end of the decade, Australia has the potential to be the world’s leading LNG exporter.

“It’s not only operational and construction jobs that will be supported, it’s small businesses in local towns near construction that will also benefit.

“Importantly the flow-on business opportunities is going to be dramatic, and it’s the first new resource project announced in Queensland since Dugald River in north-west Queensland earlier this year.”

Jobs in Queensland Resource Sector

With the news of 1600 construction jobs forecast for Queensland, the QCG Western Downs CSG project is going to bring new hope to the State. Gas wells have been tapped throughout the western regions of Queensland because of the immense coal deposits that lie below. Unable to get at the coal because of the sheer depth of the seams from the surface, CSG extraction is the next best option to make full use of the resource.

The best place to start looking for employment on this project is to head on over to the QCG website to see what the company is about. Remembering that knowledge of the company is the first step before applying for a job.

Go to the QCG employment page on their website to view the latest job vacancies and apply directly online.

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