This decision will bring up to 90 billion cubic feet per year of new gas to market at peak production
London, April 17 - Neftegaz.RU.
Shell has taken a final investment decision to develop the first phase of Arrow Energy’s Surat Gas Project in Queensland, Australia.
Shell reported this on April 17, 2020.
Arrow Energy is an incorporated joint venture between Shell (50%) and PetroChina (50%).
Shell and PetroChina entered into the Arrow joint venture in 2010.
This decision will bring up to 90 billion cubic feet per year of new gas to market at peak production, which will flow to QGC to be sold locally and exported through its plant on Curtis Island.
QCLNG (QGC) is a Shell-operated joint venture between Shell (73.75%), CNOOC (25%) and Tokyo Gas (1.25%).
“The utilisation of QGC’s existing upstream pipelines and treatment facilities enables Arrow to significantly reduce development costs, making the project competitive and economically attractive,” said Maarten Wetselaar, Integrated Gas and New Energies Director at Shell. “The Arrow joint venture partners’ decision not to build another two trains on Curtis Island provided the opportunity to create this alternative pathway to market for the resource. The approach we have taken to this investment is aligned with Shell’s focus on actively managing all operational and financial levers to deliver sustainable cash flow generation. It reflects our disciplined approach to capital spend, which takes a long-term view of the fundamentals of supply and demand.”
“QGC has reached strong and stable production since its start up in December 2015, and Arrow has the strong technical capability to develop the Surat Basin fields innovatively and efficiently,” said Shell Australia Chairman Tony Nunan. “QGC supplied 16 percent of the demand in the Australian east coast domestic gas market in 2019 and celebrated its 500th LNG cargo. Gas from Arrow will provide more supply to both Australian domestic customers and export markets.”
Construction of the project will commence in 2020, with first gas sales expected in 2021.
More than 2,500 new wells are to be developed across the life of the project.
The project is expected to create up to 1,000 new jobs, including an initial 200 construction jobs during the first phase and a further 800 operational and construction roles over the life of the project.
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