Commercial operations have commenced on the $140 million Atlas Gas Pipeline, which will transport gas from Senex Energy’s Atlas gas acreage – located near Wandoan in south-west Queensland – to the east-coast gas market via the Wallumbilla Gas Hub.
In June 2018, energy infrastructure company, Jemena, signed an agreement with Senex Energy to build, own, and operate a 15 petajoule per annum (40 TJ/day) gas processing facility and 60km buried pipeline (Atlas Gas Pipeline) in order to fast-track new gas supply to the domestic market.
Jemena’s Managing Director, Frank Tudor, said the Senex-Jemena partnership demonstrated how the gas industry is responding to demand for additional gas for the domestic market, and he said the speed of the project’s execution is impressive.
“In just under 18 months Jemena and Senex have safely delivered this project – including the physical construction of the pipeline, which was completed in under four months.”
Mr Tudor said Jemena worked closely with the communities surrounding the pipeline throughout its design and construction phases to ensure broad community awareness of the project.
“We want to thank the Wandoan and other communities in south-west Queensland and the Darling Downs region for their support and interest in this project, and for trusting us to deliver it on their land,” Mr Tudor said.
“The communities in these areas have been absolutely pivotal to the overall success of this project.”
Mr Tudor said the project created hundreds of roles, with almost 200 of those filled by people from the local community.
“We also made use of local businesses and contractors throughout the design and build of the project with more than $12 million in contracts awarded to local companies.
“Conservatively, we estimate this project contributed more than $24 million in flow-on benefits to these communities.”