The Australian Federal Government has approved a coalbed methane (CBM) pipeline, which will be built by Arrow Energy in the Bowen Basin.
Arrow Energy has welcomed the approval of the pipeline’s environmental impact assessment. CEO Andrew Faulkner said the environmental approval followed the approval from the Queensland government of an environmental impact statement for Arrow’s Bowen Basin gas field development and the company’s announcement of front-end engineering design (FEED) for the development of the Bowen CBM gas project.
Faulkner said “The proposed pipeline is a key piece of infrastructure in our plans to bring to market our significant gas reserves in the Bowen Basin.”
The proposed pipeline will likely cover 500 km and will travel through Queensland, taking gas from coal seams in Moranbah in the Bowen Basin to the port of Gladstone.
The buried pipeline will thus allow CBM to be sent from Arrow’s gas fields to market.
The Queensland government approved the pipeline’s environmental impact assessment in March 2013.
Faulkner pointed to the company’s history of safe CBM extraction and said Arrow had been safely developing CBM from the Bowen Basin since 2000 and supplying it commercially since 2004.
He added that development options for Arrow’s Surat Basin CBM reserves were being progressed, and that collaboration discussions with third parties were continuing to identify the best option for commercialising the company’s gas reserves in both the Surat and Bowen basins.
Written by Sam Dodson
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