Arrow Energy's Moranbah Gas Project.
Arrow Energy's Moranbah Gas Project. Simon Green

Major new QCLNG gas deal: 1000 jobs to be created

A HUGE deal between two Queensland gas companies will create about 1000 new jobs.

That's according to Arrow Energy, who signed a 27-year deal with the Shell-operated QCLNG joint venture.

The new agreement will commercialise the majority of Arrow's gas reserves in the Surat Basin about 5 trillion cubic feet.

Arrow Energy chief executive officer Qian Mingyang, said the company's equal shareholders, PetroChina and Shell, had approved Arrow's execution of a binding Gas Sales Agreement following 18 months of detailed work on upstream collaboration agreements.

"The deal offers long-awaited infrastructure collaboration in the natural gas industry, creating better cost efficiencies and enabling us to bring this gas to market in a challenging investment climate," Mr Qian said.

"Collaboration between the parties will see use of existing QGC-operated infrastructure such as gas compression, processing and transmission infrastructure as well as water transport and treatment facilities. Utilising existing upstream infrastructure will reduce impacts to landholders and to communities."

Mr Qian said phased development activity would commence from the expansion of Arrow's Tipton fields, near Dalby, and build to new development areas from around 2021.


QCLNG have started exporting Train 2 gas from Gladstone.   Photo Contributed
QCLNG have started exporting Train 2 gas from Gladstone. Photo Contributed Contributed

In addition to state benefits, the deal is expected to bring economic stimulus for local communities through flow-on employment and procurement opportunities, infrastructure contributions and investments in community programs, Arrow Energy says.

The project will create around 1000 new jobs - 800 during peak construction and around 200 ongoing operational roles.

The current Queensland total gas supply is ~1,450PJ/yr (4,000TJ/d), of which Queensland residential and industrial demand is approximately 178PJ/yr.*

Mines Minister Anthony Lynham said a reliable, accessible gas supply was critical as an energy and feedstock supply to industry.

"It's Queensland gas that has been helping put downward pressure on electricity prices for Australian homes and businesses," he said.

"The Government will be interested in the company's proposals for domestic gas supply and their production timeline.

"It's important for industry and jobs that more gas gets to market."