Queensland gets clean with CSG

JUST five years after a policy was passed that required 13% of electricity sold in Queensland to be generated from gas, the state has met its target, thanks largely to the emerging coal seam methane gas market.

Angie Tomlinson

The milestone would be marked with the opening of Origin Energy's Coal Seam Gas Plant at Spring Gully, premier Peter Beattie said yesterday.

Origin Energy is planning to build a base load power station, using gas from its Spring Gully project. Already the company has invested $A200 million in Spring Gully, drilling 42 gas wells and installing gas processing and water and gas pipelines.

Natural gas is now being delivered to Queensland customers through a new pipeline connection to Roma, 80km to the south of the project.

Queensland currently produces about 30 petajoules of coal seam gas a year, 30% of total gas production. Production in 1998 was two petajoules a year.