2015 is shaping up as a massive year in the Queensland’s liquefied natural gas industry.
2015 is shaping up as a massive year in the Queensland’s liquefied natural gas industry. Contributed

LNG key to Queensland’s jobs growth

WITH Santos feeding gas into its mammoth 420km pipeline for the first time earlier this month, 2015 is shaping up as a massive year in the Queensland's liquefied natural gas industry.

The Santos GLNG project is just one of the major LNG projects under construction in Queensland - the Australia Pacific LNG Project and Qld Curtis LNG are also nearing completion, with delivery targets set for later this year or early 2015.

The projects and their associated downstream industries have generated thousands of jobs through the construction phase, and will continue to be major employment providers once operational.

On commissioning the Santos pipeline, vice president of downstream GLNG Rod Duke said he was pleased to take another important step towards Santos GLNG's first shipment of LNG from Gladstone Harbour next year.

"Building such a big pipeline is no easy task. Construction began in 2012, and since then we've worked more than 6million hours on this part of our project," Mr Duke said.

"We've welded more than 36,000 segments of 1.05m diameter pipe, weighing in excess of 250,000 tonnes in total.

"I'd like to thank everyone involved in the pipeline project for safely reaching this milestone, as well as the communities along the pipeline route for their patience and support over the past two-and-a-half years."

Mr Duke said work in Santos GLNG's gas fields across the Bowen and Surat Basins and construction of the LNG plant at Curtis Island were also progressing strongly towards first LNG in 2015.

"We're leading the way in building a new and exciting industry for Queensland, which is already delivering and will continue to deliver significant economic benefits for our state for many years to come."

The natural gas sector will underpin economic growth in Queensland into the future, according to Deloitte Access Economics.

Their latest business outlook report found that while Queensland was dealing with "painful" falls in coal prices, major LNG projects would soften the impact and generate big export dividends.

Queensland Resources Council chief executive Michael Roche said the outlook remained positive for the sector beyond the current downturn in coal prices.

"In 2012-13, Qld's resources sector generated directly and indirectly $1 in every $4 of the state's economy and accounted one in every five jobs," he said.