Gladstone LNG

 Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) is part of an innovative project that utilises world-first technology to convert Coal Seam Gas (CSG) from rural areas. It will provide a purer energy source for Queensland’s future and will provide ample job opportunities.

The project leaders include Australia’s largest domestic gas producer, Santos and Malaysia’s national oil and gas company, PETRONAS. Together they strive to create a company that meets stringent community and environmental conditions for gas extraction.

Early construction begins in 2011 and the exportation of cargoes is expected by 2014. Over 5000 jobs will be created by the project during its construction phase and then 1000 jobs will be maintained thereafter. LNG is expected to bring in billions of dollars for the Australian economy. Early construction begins in 2011 and the exportation of cargoes is expected to commence in 2014.

The LNG pipeline will be 435 kilometres in length, placed underground from Gladstone to the gas fields. A gas liquefaction and facility for exportation goods will be set up on Curtis Island. Location selection was based on the following factors: pollution, the effect on residents, safety issues, conservation issues and engineering considerations.

What are the benefits of LNG?

LNG is an energy source with substantial environmental advantages such as lower water usage and greenhouse gas emissions in comparison to other widely used fossil fuels. The project has received environmental approval by the Federal Government after substantial consultation.

LNG is also a safer fuel source as it cannot explode in the open environment due to the physical properties that it encompasses as a liquid and a vapour. This means that it can be transported more safely in comparison to other fuels. LNG is transported in purpose built insulated tankers which prevent leaks or ruptures in the case of an accident.

LNG storage facilities will include the implementation of rigorous security and protective measures and adherence to the Maritime Transport Security Act 2003 which monitors security risk assessments and procedures for shipping services.

The LNG Pipeline will also advance rural areas both economically and in population growth, although this is not welcomed by some residents.

The LNG Pipeline project will be situated in Gladstone and rural regions, creating enhancements to the economy and ample job opportunities.