Senex has launched construction of a gas processing facility and pipeline as part of its wider Western Surat gas project (WSGP) in Queensland.
The Roma North gas development, 30km north of the town of Roma in the Maranoa region of Queensland, is a major expansion of the WSGP.
Brisbane-based Senex commissioned Wasco Australia to help build the facilities.
The services company started civil works on Roma North’s modular gas processing facility yesterday, which has a commissioning target set for the fourth quarter of 2019.
Senex managing director and chief executive officer Ian Davies said Roma North, together with the company’s partnership with Jemena at the Darling Downs-based Project Atlas, would set the “roadmap for development of our long-life natural gas assets” and create a foundation for a “step-change in production and cash flow over the near term.”
The facility will have an initial capacity of 16 terajoules (TJ)/day, equivalent to roughly 4.45 gigawatt hours (GWh) per day. According to Senex, this is capable of being expanded to 24TJ/day (6.67GWh/day).
In addition, Wasco will construct a 6km pipeline to the Santos Gladstone LNG project, a company that has an existing agreement with Senex for the supply of up to 50TJ/day.
Earlier this year, Santos committed $900m in investment for Queensland gas fields in 2018.
Queensland Resources Council (QRC) chief executive Ian Macfarlane said the project would create a boost to the local economy.
“By awarding the construction contract to Wasco, which has a place of business in Roma, there will be local employment opportunities in the 50 jobs to be created directly, and more roles indirectly,” Macfarlane said.
“Roma North is part of Senex’s Western Surat Gas Project and is a flagship example of industry and government working together to produce more natural gas, with benefits for Queensland.”