Curtis Island.
Curtis Island.

US set to follow in footsteps of Curtis Island LNG projects

US Consul General Niels Marquardt has said the United States could be set to follow in the footsteps of central Queensland's LNG projects.

He says the US is looking at reversing operations as a major, natural gas importer by exploring natural gas on its own soil and producing its own energy to export - just like the Curtis Island LNG project.

"This isn't going to happen just yet. It's only something we might explore later down the track," he said.

For now though, the United States is focusing on major investments in Australia - one being the multi-billion dollar Australia Pacific LNG at Curtis Island, just off Gladstone.

"America has put a lot of money into this project," Mr Marquardt said.

"Five years ago, when I was in Guinea, west Africa, a terminal with exactly the same purpose as the one being built on Curtis Island was being constructed to ship off natural gas to Louisiana.

"The US is looking at taking those facilities, which receive natural gas from west Africa, and reversing it.

"Of course there are a number of steps to take and infrastructure to be built, but the country is poised to become energy efficient. It is very controversial," he said.

"It's a huge shift if the US moves into developing these projects to its full potential . This will happen over time, unlike central Queensland, which sold gas before they even developed this gas and coal terminal."



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