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    Minister for Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe

    Have your say on Shell Australia LNG proposal

    Minister for Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe

    Wednesday, October 07, 2009

    Have your say on Shell Australia LNG proposal

    Environmental investigations into another major liquefied natural gas (LNG) project proposed for Curtis Island have moved ahead with a new stage of public consultation.

    Infrastructure and Planning Minister Stirling Hinchliffe welcomed progress on the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Shell Australia LNG Project.

    “The Coordinator-General has informed me that advertisements will run tomorrow seeking public submissions on the draft Terms of Reference for the project,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

    “Shell’s project is the fourth multi-billion dollar LNG proposal to go through the EIS process by the Coordinator-General on behalf of the whole government.

    “This proposal could deliver a facility on Curtis Island that could process up to 16 million tonnes of LNG per year, through the staged construction of up to four LNG trains.

    “A workforce of up to 3000 people would be required at the peak of construction with approximately 200-300 permanent jobs needed during for ongoing operations.

    “This facility would be supplied by coal seam gas (CSG) developments in the Surat and Bowen basins in South East and Central Queensland.

    “A gas pipeline from the Gladstone City Gate to Curtis Island will supply gas to the LNG plant where it will be processed, cooled and stored in LNG tanks for subsequent loading onto LNG carriers and export to international markets.”

    Mr Hinchliffe said the Bligh Government was committed to a new LNG export industry that would create regional jobs and boost the State’s economy.

    Coordinator-General Colin Jensen said he was assessing four major LNG projects: the Gladstone LNG Project; Queensland Curtis LNG Project; Australia Pacific LNG Project; and the Shell Australia LNG Project.

    “None of these projects have any government support or special status, and must undergo the most stringent environmental assessments available before any development approvals can be given,” Mr Jensen said.

    “The EIS process considers a project’s impacts to determine whether it can be approved and whether strict conditions are needed.

    “Public submissions on the draft Terms of Reference help set the framework for the EIS and my assessment, and I encourage people to lodge a written submission by November 2, 2009.”

    The draft Terms of Reference and the project’s initial advice statement can be viewed online at and are available for review (subject to the opening hours) from Monday, 5 October to Monday, 2 November at:

    • Gladstone Regional Council
    • Gladstone Civic Centre
    • State Library of Queensland
    • Cultural Centre, Stanley Place, South Bank, Brisbane.

    Media Contact: Minister Hinchliffe’s office 3224 8750