Shell QGC expansion to secure up to 350 jobs in Queensland

Shell’s QGC onshore gas venture in Queensland has announced a significant expansion that will secure up to 350 jobs over the next two years.

Project Goog-a-binge will see Shell drill around 250 wells at existing onshore gas operations near the towns of Miles, Tara, Chinchilla and Wandoan. The name Goog-a-binge was chosen by Iman traditional owners. It is expected to provide 930 petajoules of gas over the next 30 years.

The QGC venture is one of Australia’s largest natural gas projects, employing nearly 1000 people, and has been in operation since 2006.

Current onshore operations include an 8.5Mt/y liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant on Curtis Island and natural gas operations in the Surat Basin.

Construction of the expansion is scheduled to start in January next year — subject to government approvals — and will last at least one year.

Natural gas, which is predominantly composed of methane, releases about half as many carbon emissions as coal when burnt.

Queensland Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy Anthony Lynham said the expansion would ensure a sustained gas supply for domestic customers as well as pumping millions of dollars into local businesses.

“Ongoing investment in Queensland’s $70 billion gas industry shows the policy settings are right,”he said.

“We expect the gas industry to continue to deliver for the south-west, and the Palaszczuk Government will continue to drive increased gas supply with innovative policy, to meet the needs of households and Australian manufacturers.”