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QGC venture set to develop more natural gas

The latest in a series of onshore natural gas fields developed in Queensland has been announced by energy supplier Shell as it works towards a plan of providing gas to domestic and export customers for the next 30 years.

Over the next two years Shell will drill 250 new gas wells as part of its QGC venture, ‘Project Goog-a-binge’ in the Western Downs region of Queensland.

Connected to QGC gas processing plans, the wells are estimated to bring in 930 petajoules of gas to market over the next three decades.

Named for the Iman word for scrub turkey, widespread across the region and a significant emblem for the traditional landowners, the development is subject to satisfying both Federal and State Government regulatory approvals.

Zoe Yujnovich, Shell Australia Chairman said the project will boost the regional economy in Queensland and demonstrated the company’s commitment to delivering more gas to market.

“Project Goog-a-binge will deliver more and cleaner energy for both our Australian and LNG export customers for decades,” said Yujnovich.

“The project is expected to create or sustain up to 350 jobs, the majority of which will be in regional Queensland and generate business opportunities for local suppliers – a substantial and ongoing boost for the local economy,” she said.

Shell has already spent $140 million in Toowoomba and Surat Basin communities on goods and services supporting its existing operations in the first half of 2018.

The company reportedly supplies nearly 60 per cent of the state’s domestic gas demand through both QGC and Arrow Energy.

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