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    Minister for Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe

    Comment invited on proposed Queensland Curtis LNG Project

    Minister for Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe

    Wednesday, March 03, 2010

    Comment invited on proposed Queensland Curtis LNG Project

    The Coordinator-General commenced consultation today on an application for the Queensland Curtis LNG Project to benefit from the State Development and Public Works Organisation Act 1971 about land access for infrastructure.

    Minister for Infrastructure and Planning Stirling Hinchliffe said QGC, the proponent of the Queensland Curtis LNG Project had been working to obtain access to land for the gas field and pipeline components of the project.

    “QGC, a BG Group business, subsequently applied to have the project approved as an Infrastructure Facility of Significance (IFS) by the Governor-in-Council,” Mr Hinchliffe said

    “An IFS approval is sought by projects which have the potential to contribute to the State through economic growth or new jobs.

    “Such an approval is not given lightly as it could ultimately give the Coordinator-General the power to acquire land for QGC for infrastructure for the project.”

    Mr Hinchliffe said before that could happen QGC must take all reasonable steps to negotiate an agreement with landholders, including those who hold or claim to hold native title.

    “This is a critical LNG project in a critical industry and QGC is one of the five major LNG consortia vying to develop in and around the south-west Queensland and Gladstone regions,” he said.

    “This project, if it proceeds, could create about 5000 direct jobs during the construction phase and could contribute to further growth of the Queensland economy.”

    The three key components of the project that are the subject of the IFS application are:

    • Gas field component—a network of underground gas and water transmission pipelines, compression and processing facilities and supporting infrastructure in the Surat Basin, in southern Queensland
    • Pipeline component—a 340-kilometre underground gas transmission pipeline to transport the coal seam gas from QGC’s gas fields to its proposed gas liquefaction facility on Curtis Island near Gladstone together with related gas and water collection headers
    • LNG facility component—a gas liquefaction facility, export jetty and associated infrastructure where the coal seam gas will be converted to LNG and exported.

    “The consideration of an infrastructure facility of significance declaration does not in any way constitute approval, or endorsement, of the project which is also being assessed separately through an Environmental Impact Statement process,” Mr Jensen said.

    “I encourage those people who may be affected by the proposed facility to lodge a submission.”

    Mr Jensen invited written submissions by 5pm Wednesday, 31 March.

    Submissions must be addressed to:

    The Coordinator-General
    c/- Director, Infrastructure and Indigenous Negotiations
    Infrastructure and Economic Development
    Department of Infrastructure and Planning
    PO Box 15009
    City East Qld 4002
    Fax: 3225 8282

    The IFS application and supporting materials can be viewed at and a CD Rom is available on request by contacting 3224 2416.

    Media contact: 3224 8750