Bowen Basin pipeline pre-feasibility study
The Queensland Government’s economic recovery strategy from COVID-19 will build on traditional strengths like the state’s resources industry and invest in future infrastructure.
Building vital infrastructure will help create jobs in construction and stimulate growth in Queensland’s regional economies.
Investigating a new gas pipeline
Part of the recovery plan for Central Queensland includes investigating a potential new 500km gas pipeline to connect gas reserves in the Bowen Basin to the east coast domestic market and overseas customers.
The Queensland Government will invest $5 million towards a pre-feasibility study for the gas pipeline. The study will seek to:
- analyse gas prospectivity and sources of fugitive emissions in the area
- identify opportunities for industry involvement in the development of the pipeline
- determine feasibility and best pathway for the infrastructure.
It is anticipated the study will take approximately 12 months to complete.
Benefits of a new gas pipeline
Gas is a critical energy source for Queensland’s manufacturing sector, and a more affordable gas supply will support jobs in our supply chain and industries.
The Bowen Basin, which has traditionally focused on coal production, has the potential to bring more gas to Queensland’s domestic and export markets – both by opening up areas for new gas production and capturing unutilised gas from underground mines.
Increasing supply to the east coast will not only mean more affordable gas for domestic customers, but more competitive trade with export markets.
It will also reduce fugitive gas emissions from the resources industry, contributing towards Queensland’s transition to a low carbon economy.
If the study finds the pipeline project to be feasible, it could create more than 1000 jobs during construction and would supercharge the opening up of gas production in the Bowen Basin, bringing many more jobs to the region.
Funding the pipeline pre-feasibility study
The Queensland Government will invest $5 million and will seek contributions from the Australian Government towards the pipeline pre-feasibility study.
Last updated 9 December 2020