Queensland streamlines its pipelines

Alterations to the Petroleum and Gas (Production and Safety) Act 2004 and the Petroleum (submerged lands) Act 1982 will ensure that companies wishing to construct pipelines between Queensland and the islands located within the state’s internal waters, including Curtis Island, would only be required to apply for pipeline licences under one Act.

Queensland Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy Stephen Robertson said “This will significantly reduce the burden on companies and the government.

“In the current economic climate, delays in obtaining required approvals can cause inconvenience and expense to companies that are ready to get on the ground and start development activities,” he said.

There are a number of LNG processing facilities proposed for construction of Curtis Island, including the Shell Australia LNG (SALNG), the Australia Pacific LNG (APLNG) and the Queensland Curtis LNG (QCLNG) projects.

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