Gas Deal For The Sunshine Coast To Go Ahead

Gas Deal For The Sunshine Coast To Go Ahead

Queensland Minister for Mines and Energy Anthony Lynham

Queensland Gas Building The Sunshine Coast

Victor P Taffa

A pioneering gas deal will soon see Queensland-made building products, manufactured using Queensland natural gas, rolling out in building supplies and hardware stores on the Sunshine Coast.

Minister for Mines and Energy Anthony Lynham today announced the Australian first, where the first gas will be produced from land earmarked by the Palaszczuk Government for sale only in Australia.

Queensland company Senex Energy has contracted to sell gas to CSR Ltd to manufacture the PGH bricks, Gyprock plasterboard and Bradford insulation used by builders and renovators across the Sunshine Coast.

“This is about Queensland gas, supporting manufacturing jobs and products for industry on the Sunshine Coast.” Minister Lynham said.

“This is the outcome the government was seeking when it made this land available for development of domestic-only gas in 2017.”

“Manufacturers need gas as a feedstock and an energy source and Australia has a shortage of gas in the east coast market.”

“Soon we will have Queensland petroleum resources directly fuelling more Queensland business and jobs.” Minister Lynham said.

Queensland gas producer Senex Energy won a ground-breaking tender in 2017, where the Palaszczuk Government required any gas produced to only be sold and used in Australia.

Senex has now contracted to supply gas from its Project Atlas to south-east Queensland manufacturer CSR Limited. Senex expects first gas production later this year.

Managing Director and CEO Ian Davies said Senex was proud to support local manufacturing, jobs and investment.

“We’re delighted to secure CSR as a customer and support this key Queensland manufacturer of essential building products.” Mr. Davies said.

“Senex’s initial gas marketing focus is to partner directly with domestic commercial and industrial customers for long-term, enduring and mutually beneficial relationships.”

“This agreement with CSR follows the Queensland Government’s policy to support new supplies of natural gas into the domestic market and this is a great outcome for Queensland.”

Minister Lynham said the State Government’s gas initiatives to boost domestic gas supported the manufacturing industry, and supported jobs.

“Almost 185,000 jobs have been created in Queensland since January 2015 and the Palaszczuk Government will continue to focus on projects and policies that support job creation.” Minister Lynham said.

Project Atlas is on 58 sqkm of land the Queensland Government granted for domestic-only gas production in March 2018.

Almost 25,000 sqkm has been released in Queensland for gas exploration since early 2017, almost a third of it for the domestic market only.