Major expansion of Bowen Basin gas project

Major expansion of Bowen Basin gas project

Posted on Monday, August 13 2012 at 2:54 PM

Arrow Energy has announced plans for a significant expansion of its coal seam gas (CSG) operations in the Bowen Basin region in Queensland.

The energy company has flagged its
intention to develop up to 7000 new gas wells in a staged development over the
next three to four decades.

Arrow Energy has been producing CSG in the
area since 2004. Under the plan, production will grow at exploration tenements
around Moranbah and from Glenden in the north to Blackwater in the south,
according to chief executive officer Andrew Faulkner.

Property investment expert Michael Yardney
of Metropole says the expansion news is another boost for the region’s
long-term prospects.

“This announcement shows that despite what
some are predicting, Australia’s economic boom will not be over in a year or
two,” Yardney says.

The Bowen Basin is already
home to dozens of resource industry projects with many more on the way.

There are more than $100
billion worth of projects either planned, in progress or recently completed.
Based on projections, at least 30,000 extra workers will be needed by 2020.

Today’s announcement will also
be reassuring news for Moranbah property investors who’ve faced a tougher year
as a result of falling rents.

While yields are still as high as 10 per cent in many cases,
demand for housing has eased as a result of the long-running industrial dispute
between project operators BHP Billiton-Mistubishi Alliance (BMA) and unions,
coupled with the indefinite closure of the Norwich Park

Faulkner says the Bowen Gas Project will
supply gas via a high-pressure pipeline to Gladstone, where it would be
processed before being transported to nearby Curtis Island for export.

“This project area is a crucial part of
Arrow’s LNG (liquefied natural gas) project which consists of two gas areas in
the Bowen and Surat basins, linked by two major pipelines and a (LNG) plant on
Curtis Island,” Faulkner says.

As more planning projects
enter development and operation stages, Yardney believes Australia will
transition to “the next phase” of the resources boom.

“We’re entering a new economic
stage – not a resources boom, because they come to an end, but a time of
(continued) prosperity that’s underpinned by our resources sector.”

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