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    Minister for Education and Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games
    The Honourable Kate Jones

    LNG production ramps-up on in Gladstone

    Minister for Education and Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games
    The Honourable Kate Jones

    Thursday, September 24, 2015

    LNG production ramps-up on in Gladstone

    Santos GLNG’s liquefied natural gas production today started on Curtis Island with its first cargo to be shipped to Asian markets in the coming weeks.

    Acting Treasurer Kate Jones congratulated Santos and its GNLG partners for starting production on time and within budget.

    "The GLNG operation is a great advertisement for Queensland's natural resources sector, and we welcome such an important milestone," Ms Jones said.

    "This consortium is a key player in the state's $60 billion LNG export industry and we look forward to the day when GLNG shipments commence.

    "These shipments will earn Queensland important export income and successive State Labor Governments, including the Palaszczuk Government, are proud of the role we've played in supporting our growing LNG export industry.”

    The project involves a 420-kilometre gas transmission pipeline from the Surat and Bowen Basins connecting through to Gladstone and a two-train LNG plant on Curtis Island which will have the capacity to produce 7.8 million tonnes of LNG per year when fully operational.

    The Acting Treasurer said it was a pioneering venture, converting natural gas from Queensland’s coal seams into LNG.

    "The commencement of GLNG operations further positions Queensland as a resources powerhouse that's well placed to meet an increasing share of the Asia Pacific's energy needs in coming decades,” Ms Jones said.

    “Queensland’s LNG industry is ramping up, having already exported $1.14 billion worth of gas from January to July.

    “Exports are projected to hit $15 billion by 2016-17, earning the state valuable export dollars and annual royalties while supporting thousands of jobs.

    “Labor’s facilitation of the $60 billion LNG industry in Queensland is now paying dividends for the State, with increasing shipments of liquefied natural gas set to contribute to Queensland’s projected export growth.”

    Media contact: Minister Jones’ Office 3719 7530