CSG/LNG Projects in Queensland

The Queensland CSG/LNG Industry has four major projects that have the potential to offer as many as 18,000 direct and indirect jobs – including over 4,300 in the Darling Downs – South West Region alone.


Australia Pacific LNG is a 50:50 coal seam gas (CSG) to LNG joint venture between Origin and ConocoPhillips. Laird Point on Curtis Island at Gladstone is the site for Australia Pacific LNG's proposed Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) plant.

Results from a detailed independent analysis of the economic benefits of the project by KPMG Econtech highlights that an average of 10,300 jobs would be created during the 10-year construction period of the project, reaching a peak of 18,600 direct and indirect jobs nationally during the four peak years of construction (2012 to 2015). Of the 18,600 jobs created on average during the 4-year peak construction period, 13,200 jobs will be in the Queensland regions of Mackay-Fitzroy-Central west and Darling Downs-West.
Media Release from Origin Energy - 18 August 2009


Santos and PETRONAS' multi-billion dollar Gladstone Liquefied Natural Gas (GLNG) project will be the world's first project to process coal seam gas into liquefied natural gas as a cleaner energy source. It involves:

  • Exploration and production of CSG in the Surat and Bowen Basin gas fields
  • Construction and operation of a 435 kilometre gas pipeline from the gas fields to Gladstone
  • Construction and operation of a gas liquefaction and export facility on Curtis Island and associated infrastructure.

It is anticipated that up to 6,000 new jobs will be created for the construction and operation of the GLNG project. This should stimulate further business development and employment opportunities in the Gladstone and Roma regions through increased demand for goods and services.


Queensland Curtis LNG is a priority project of QGC - A BG Group business, to develop Queensland coal seam gas for Australian and international markets. Key elements of the proposed project involve:

  • An expansion of QGC’s exploration and gas production operations in the Surat Basin, in southern Queensland,
  • A 380km underground pipeline to Gladstone on the central Queensland coast, and
  • A liquefaction plant on Curtis Island, near Gladstone, with initial production capacity of 7.4 million tonnes of LNG a year.

Across its various components, the Queensland Curtis LNG Project will provide about 3,000-4,000 construction jobs and 800 permanent positions.