Australia is embarking on a major $140 million infrastructure project, building a gas processing facility and a 60-km pipeline for the growing domestic market. It will connect Senex’s Atlas gas field in the Surat Basin in south-east Queensland to Jemena’s existing Darling Downs pipeline and Australia’s largest single gas hub – the Wallumbilla gas hub. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2019.
Demand has been exceeding supply for several years and a coordinated effort is now being made to develop multiple gas fields as part of a "Northern Growth Strategy" for northern Australia. Senex Chief Executive Ian Davies said “last year we made a commitment to deliver gas to the domestic market by the end of 2019. We are systematically bringing together all the critical elements to do just that,” Mr Davies said.
Paul Adams, head of Jemena, an Australian company which owns, manages and operates energy infrastructure assets in the country, said "we are also continuing work on our Northern Gas Pipeline, which will initially bring around 90 terajoules of gas to the east coast and are now progressing plans to expand and extend the pipeline so that it can transport around 700 terajoules of gas – that is enough gas to meet the average daily gas needs of Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide combined.”