Approval Signals a New Era; Gas Plants to Bring Jobs,prosperity to Gladstone

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Byline: KIERAN MORAN kieran.moran@gladstoneobserver.com.au

GLADSTONE'S a go for gas.

Federal Environmental Minister Tony Burke announced the long-awaited environmental approvals yesterday of two liquefied natural gas plants on Curtis Island.

The approvals signal a new era for Australian energy and a new era for Gladstone.

Mr Burke said both Santos (GLNG) and Queensland Gas Company (QCLNG) will have to meet tough standards with more than 300 conditions applying to coal seam extraction and a further 51 conditions relating to the Gladstone harbour.

Both GLNG aim to produce a combined 15.7 million tonnes per year of LNG, equivalent to nearly 90 per cent of current Australian LNG exports.

The approval covers the development of coal seam gas resources in the Bowen and Surat Basins around Roma, construction of a pipeline from the gas fields to the coast, and construction of up to three processing trains at a liquefied natural gas plant and export facility on Curtis Island.

Acting mayor Gail Sellers said the announcement is welcome news for the people of the Gladstone region and will be the impetus for further growth and economic prosperity for residents.

"The people of the Gladstone Region can expect growth in population; business and consumer confidence across all sectors and prosperity," Cr Sellers said.

"The greatest challenge will be meeting the demands placed on social infrastructure. …