Scott Stewart, Queensland’s minister for resources, said planning for a gas pipeline that could unlock the Bowen Basin is under way.
The initial concept phase of the $5 million Bowen Basin pipeline study will investigate potential pipeline and infrastructure to improve the delivery of Bowen Basin gas to the Australia’s domestic and export markets. The study will also analyze the potential amount of gas and sources of fugitive emissions in the area and determine the feasibility and best pathway for the infrastructure to achieve multiple benefits.
Since 2015, the Queensland government has released more than 80,000 square kilometers (30,888 square miles) of land for gas exploration, with more than a quarter of it guaranteed for Australian consumers. Stewart likened opening the Bowen Basin to the opening of the Surat Basin a decade ago, and said it has the potential to be a source of future gas projects and jobs for Queenslanders.
“The resources industry is a