The potential expansion of Santos GLNG’s coal seam gas fields in the Surat and Bowen basins could create 1700 jobs for Queenslanders during construction and a further 200 ongoing operational jobs, announced Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeney on Thursday.
“The proposed Santos GLNG Gas Field Development Project entails the progressive development of 35 petroleum tenements covering around 11,000 square kilometres in the south-west of the state. These tenements are located across areas in the vicinity of Roma, Wallumbilla, Miles, Surat, Wandoan, Taroom, Injune and Rolleston and could lead to about 6000 production wells and necessary accompanying infrastructure being constructed progressively over the next 20 years,” Mr Seeney said.
“If the project goes ahead, it will provide considerable medium and long-term job opportunities for the region. However its expansion must strike the right balance between the environment and existing land uses. We promised to grow the resource pillar of our economy and Santos GLNG’s expansion proposal demonstrates it has confidence in Queensland’s liquefied natural gas industry.”
A draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the proposed project has been released by the Queensland Coordinator-General and the public have been invited to have their say and provide input into the EIS.
A single assessment on behalf of the State and Federal governments is currently being conducted by the Coordinator-General.