THE Queensland Resources Council has welcomed first gas produced from Senex Energy's Project Atlas near Wandoan in the Surat Basin.
QRC chief executive Ian Macfarlane said the achievement from Brisbane-based Senex was testament to the diversity of Queensland's gas industry and getting the State Government's policy settings to promote development of gas in Queensland for Queensland use.
"Queensland has both large and small producers such as Senex supplying gas which allows all gas fields to be developed. Everyone benefits when we develop our gas responsibly," Mr Macfarlane said.
“Gas from Atlas will supply Queensland manufacturers, including CSR, Orora and O-I and coincides with the completion of a pipeline connecting the project to the Wallumbilla gas hub.”
Project Atlas was granted a domestic only supply lease by the Queensland Government in March 2018.
“At the time it was a pilot guarantee for gas for domestic use which avoided the overly prescriptive conditions in a gas reservation policy. Now it's a flagship example of best-practice regulation in action – fast, effective and focussed on outcomes," Mr Macfarlane said.
“This project vindicates the Palaszczuk Government’s decision to release land specifically for developing gas for the domestic market but sadly Queensland continues to do all the heavy lifting to provide extra gas for the eastern Australian market.”