Australia Pacific LNG's Gladstone project center has officially opened.
The center has a dual purpose, as an office for Project employees, as well as being an education center for the Gladstone section of the Australia Pacific LNG project.
The coal seam natural gas (CSG) to liquefied natural gas (LNG) project is a 50:50 joint venture between Australian-based Origin and US oil and gas producer ConocoPhillips. The project will stretch from the gas fields in the Surat and Bowen Basins, along a 450 kilometer pipeline, to an LNG facility on Curtis Island off Gladstone.
Premier Anna Bligh said the Australia Pacific LNG project was at the forefront of a major new industry for Queensland.
"Our Government is serious about facilitating the LNG industry and realizing the thousands of jobs it offers in Gladstone and right throughout the Surat Basin," she said.
"This center will be a place for employees but also a place for the public to learn more about what this industry has to offer the region.
"I am delighted to see our LNG industry becoming a reality. This sustainable new industry has a lot to offer Queensland and I am excited for the future of LNG in this State."
"This office for us symbolizes our commitment to being here for the long run, and we look forward to working with the Federal government to assess the RSPT and find a solution that supports development of this important gas resource," he said.
Mr. King said the project center was a good example of the co-operation and synergies of the joint venture between Origin and ConocoPhillips which has been brought to the project.
"Origin has a long history of being an integral part of the communities in which it operates here in Queensland.
"This new center provides more than just a project office here in Gladstone, it provides an information center on the Australia Pacific LNG project and the part it plays in the coal seam gas to liquefied natural gas industry here in Queensland," Mr. King said.
"The Australia Pacific LNG project has the potential to significantly benefit Gladstone, Queensland and Australia both in terms of investment and through the creation of direct and indirect jobs," he said.
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