1600 new jobs at $1.7b Surat Basin CSG project
UPDATE: Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk today welcomed an announcement by QGC that will support 1600 jobs for Queenslanders.
Ms Palaszczuk said QGC's $1.7 billion investment in the LNG industry was a welcome shot in the arm for the Queensland LNG industry.
"As the LNG industry in Queensland moves from the construction phase to the operational phase, there have been fewer jobs in the industry than there were in the boom years," Ms Palaszczuk said.
"QGC's announcement today that they are investing another $1.7 billion in this industry is a welcome boost to the Queensland economy that will support 1600 jobs.
"It shows that we have the right policy settings in Queensland and businesses such as QGC are confident in investing in our state."
State Development Minister Anthony Lynham said Queensland's LNG exports were projected to hit $15 billion by 2016-17.
"That means valuable export dollars and annual royalties while supporting thousands of jobs for Queensland," Dr Lynham said.
EARLIER: QGC and its joint venture partners China National Offshore Oil Corporation and Tokyo Gas have announced a two-year, $1.7b development of natural gas tenements in the Surat Basin.
The venture, which is located near Wandoan, has been approved by the federal and state governments, and QGC's parent company BG Group.
The development, known as Charlie1, involves 300-400 wells, a large compression station and associated pipeline and facilities.
It will feed into the existing gas and water infrastructure at Woleebee Creek.
The works will help QGC meet the demand of domestic customers and the two-train Queensland Curtis LNG liquefaction plant on Curtis Island near Gladstone.
Leighton Contractors has been appointed the main works contractor in a deal worth $250m.
Managing Director Tony Nunan said this was an important investment in the future of QGC's operations and built on the success of the world-first production of liquefied natural gas from coal seams in the past year.
The QCLNG plant has delivered 62 cargoes since first LNG production in December 2014.
"This is a vote of confidence in the secure, long-term future of Queensland's natural gas industry, which will employ Queenslanders for many years to come," Mr Nunan said.
"The Charlie development will help to sustain the benefits of our investment in local communities and the state, including up to 1600 construction jobs and business opportunities during the two-year project."