Waiting game with pipe
THE first shipment of coal seam gas (CSG) line pipe arrived in Gladstone yesterday.
QGC Pty Limited, the Australian business of BG Group and operator of the QCLNG Project, ordered the pipe in March to ensure it would arrive in time to meet the project’s construction schedule.
A spokesman for QGC said the shipment had arrived aboard the break-bulk carrier, Regina Oldendorf.
It is the first of 19 that are scheduled to arrive in Gladstone and Brisbane over the next year.
“Each shipment will include about 2500 12-metre pipes, each with a diameter of about a metre (or 42 inches),” the spokesman said.
“The pipe will be stored at Gladstone and Brisbane before being railed to Biloela and Miles later this year.”
“The pipeline includes a 194km section in the gas fields around Chinchilla and a 334km main export line from near Miles to Gladstone.”
Surat Basin environmentalist Drew Hutton from Friends of the Earth said the pipeline put the Great Artesian Basin at risk and the health of those living near gas infrastructure was imperilled.
“BG and Santos have not received their environmental approvals because they have a long way to go to show they will not cause massive environmental harm to the environment and to agricultural production,” Mr Hutton said.
“If they get the go-ahead, then Queensland will be locked into high-carbon emissions, high-risk future.”
Gladstone Engineering Alliance chief executive Karen Porter said the pipes are a welcome sight as they were one of the first visual indications in the community that the QGC project was moving.
“The arrival of line pipes does not mean the project will go ahead without approval; it just means that like all of us, the pipe will play the waiting game,” Ms Porter said.