Arrow wants community opinion

CONSULTATION on the multi-billion-dollar Arrow Energy LNG project has commenced in the Gladstone region with a series of project information sessions this week.

Arrow Energy is proposing to take coal seam gas (CSG) from the Surat Basin in south east Queensland and the Bowen Basin in central Queensland to a liquefaction facility on Curtis Island – formerly the Shell Australian LNG project.

Arrow Energy Chief Executive Officer Andrew Faulkner said the project would bring jobs and other economic benefits to Gladstone, and strengthen Queensland's reputation as a reliable source of CSG and future source of LNG.

“We are seeking input from the Gladstone community about the project – particularly the construction of a gas pipeline from around 11km north west of Gladstone to Curtis Island, where a liquefaction facility will convert CSG to LNG for transport by ship to international markets.

“The potential impacts and benefits of these downstream activities will form part of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) currently being administered by the State Government as a declared Significant Project.”

Mr Faulkner said the facility on Curtis Island would produce up to 16 million tonnes of LNG per annum (Mtpa), which would make it one of the larger LNG projects planned for the Gladstone region. Stage 1 includes the construction of two trains of around 4Mtpa of LNG each on the Arrow site at Boatshed Point.

He said Arrow Energy wanted to work closely with residents and other stakeholders, to ensure a comprehensive EIS was developed to inform state and Commonwealth government approval processes.

“The Arrow Energy LNG project can only proceed with the approval of both State and Federal Governments, and strict requirements are in place to ensure we identify and minimise any impacts to the environment or the community from our proposed activities.

“We value community involvement in our activities.”

Information session will be held at CQU on Wednesday, September 1 from 6-9pm.

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