The University of Queensland is creating centre focused on coal seam gas research.
Dubbed the Centre for Coal Seam Gas, it aims to "be the pre-eminent global authority on vital issues relating to CSG", and will be part of UQ’s Sustainable Minerals Institute (SMI).
Chris Moran, director of SMI, said "the new Centre, backed by the UQ’s global research capabilities, will undertake critical research that will drive sustainable practice in this emerging industry, and bring the scientific rigor and data that have been lacking to date to the social, environmental and technical challenges the industry faces.
"We believe the best way to address this issue is by establishing a Centre that, after two years of planning, has an agreed governance structure that will facilitate strategic priority setting and cutting edge research activities that deal with the common issues across community, industry and government," he added.
Moran went on to say that this centre represents a new direction for the Institute, which for the first time has focused on a single commodity.
"We want to create new knowledge and capability for the growing Australian CSG sector to ensure it operates in a way that benefits all parties – the community, government and industry."
UQ is also creating five new professional chairs to develop the research programs, which will look at the treatment and utilisation of coal seam water; social and community performance; geoscience, and petroleum engineering.